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According to NBA scouts, two conclusions have been reached on Magic F Aaron Gordon: One - he plays out of position as a Small Forward, and Two - he tries too many things outside of his skillset. (Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As Magic beat writer for The Athletic Josh Robbins writes, “when Gordon tries to do too much, such as over-dribbling or taking high-difficulty shots, his efficiency and the team’s efficiency suffer. But when Gordon plays under control, his value to the team increases.” He’s a very solid player, but NBA scouts don’t see him as a superstar or even a second-fiddle to a superstar. “Would I like him on my team?” asked a second NBA scout. “Yeah, if you have three other guys who are better than him. That’s my big picture on him.” Gordon is also somewhat position-less. At 6-foot-9, he’s got the size and body type to be a PF, but all too often he tries to handle the rock like a guard or small forward. He spends too much time dribbling and trying to create when he could be better suited working off the ball, cutting, setting screens, and operating as a bigger, more athletic 4-man. One scout said, “he’s an around-the-basket guy. He’s a very good defender. He can put the ball on the floor and do some things. He just can’t make a shot consistently.” On the season, Gordon has averaged 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33 minutes per game. The Orlando Magic are currently cemented as the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference and could be playing on their home turf in Walt Disney World should the NBA decide to resume play at ESPN Wide World of Sports, as has been widely reported.

Magic C Mo Bamba held a virtual event with Orlando Magic season ticket holders where he explained his recent muscle gain. "This is going to sound weird, but I put on probably about 28 pounds since quarantine (started) and I’ve only added about 2.5 percent body fat. So, a lot of it is muscle and I can’t wait to get back out there and work.’’ Bamba said. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Bamba shared that he's been using quarantine to "really recover as far as getting rest and changing up my diet." Still only 22 years old, Bamba has already shown a knack for defending the paint and the added weight should help his post positioning and physicality when hitting the glass. Bamba and his teammates have been FaceTiming to maintain their chemistry and are excited to be able to workout together at the Amway Center prior to the NBA season resuming. Entrenched behind former All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, the second-year center is averaging a mere 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 14.5 minutes per contest.

Category: Rumors

According to Orlando Magic beat writer John Denton, Jonathan Isaac said his sprained knee is feeling strong and he squatted the most he’s done yet on Thursday. (Source: John Denton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Isaac continues to make his way back from a sprained knee injury he sustained against the Wizards on New Year's Day. Isaac was ruled out for the season in early February but Isaac disclosing that he's feeling stronger and increasing weight while doing squats is a great sign on his road to recovery. At only 23 years old, Isaac was certainly in the running for fantasy breakout player of the year, contributing averages of 12 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.6 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers across 29.7 minutes per game in 32 games this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Michael Carter-Williams finished with 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting with three boards, two three-pointers and two steals in 25 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Carter-Williams has been red-hot over the last four games for the Magic. The veteran guard averaging 15.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 3-pointers on 60 percent shooting over the last four contests. Carter-Williams is worth an add in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Markelle Fultz scored 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting with four boards, six assists, one three-pointer and three steals in 32 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Fultz struggled with his shot on Tuesday but was able to provide fantasy owners with across the board stats. The third-year guard has been hot averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals over his last four games. Fultz should be owned in all 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Terrence Ross scored 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting with five three-pointers, two boards, one assist, and two blocks in 31 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Ross has been on fire since the All-Star break and is averaging 22.2 points, 4.4 three-pointers and 4.2 rebounds over the last 10 games. The veteran forward is worth picking up in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper if he is available on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting with 16 boards, three assists, one block and one steal in 33 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Vucevic picked up his fourth straight double-double and ninth in his last 10 games. The veteran center is averaging 21.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists since the All-Star break and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

D.J. Augustin scored 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and four three-pointers in 27 minutes as the Magic defeated the Rockets on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: Augustin has taken on a bigger role the last two games with fellow guard Evan Fournier out for an extended period of time. The veteran is worth picking up in deeper leagues for fantasy owners needing assists and steals.

Category: Game Recaps

Evan Fournier (elbow) was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow after an MRI and likely faces an extended absence, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports. (Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The team hasn't provided an official timeline for his return, but coach Steve Clifford said "it could be a little bit" before he retakes the court. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates concerning the veteran guard.

Category: Injury Updates

James Ennis III scores three points on 1-for-2 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and one three-pointer over 25 minutes as the Magic defeated the Wolves on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Ennis has started the last eight games at forward for the Magic. Over that time he is averaging 7.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 25.8 minutes. Ennis is only worth adding in deeper fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Wesley Iwundu scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes as the Magic beat the Timberwolves on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Iwundu picked up the start with Evan Fournier out. Fournier could be out for an extended period of time but don't expect Iwundu to provide much fantasy value and he can be left on the waiver wire by owners.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Gary Clark scored five points on 2-for-3 shooting with three rebounds, one assist, one block and one three-pointer over 29 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Blazers.

Fantasy Impact: Clark picked up the start on Monday at forward with Aaron Gordon out with a knee issue. The 25-year-old forward did not do much with the extra time and can be left on the waiver wire by fantasy owners.

Category: Game Recaps

Khem Birch did not see any action on Friday night as the Magic defeated the Timberwolves by a 136-125 score.

Fantasy Impact: Birch picked up his fourth straight DNP and has six in his last seven games. The veteran big man has fallen out of the Magic rotation and can be dropped by fantasy owners in all leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

The Magic have waived Amile Jefferson on Thursday according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

Fantasy Impact: The team has let go of Jefferson to make room for James Ennis who was acquired from the Sixers. It is doubtful that Jefferson was owned in any fantasy leagues but if he was he can be dropped.

Category: Transactions

B.J. Johnson managed zero points (0-1 FG) across four minutes in the Magic's 112-100 win over the Hornets on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson saw his usual does of minutes Monday, though he wasn't able to make any contributions in the box score. The two-way wing has averaged 1.9 points over 6.4 minutes in seven NBA appearances this season and won't likely see fantasy relevancy any time this season.

Category: Game Recaps

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