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Ben Reiter
October 23, 2006
The No. 2 pick from 2003 finally has a chance to show what he's made of
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October 23, 2006

8 Orlando Magic

The No. 2 pick from 2003 finally has a chance to show what he's made of

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Tony Battie
PPG 7.9
RPG 5.6
APG 0.6
BPG 0.84
SPG 0.56
FG% 50.7
FT% 66.4

Hedo Turkoglu
PPG 14.9
RPG 4.3
APG 2.8
SPG 0.90
FG% 45.4
3FG% 40.3
FT% 86.1

Jameer Nelson
PPG 14.6
RPG 2.9
APG 4.9
SPG 1.50
FG% 48.3
3FG% 42.4
FT% 77.9

Grant Hill
PPG 15.1
SPG 2.3
FG% 1.14
3FG% 49.0
FT% 25.0
3.8 2.3 76.5

Dwight Howard
PPG 15.8
RPG 12.5
APG 1.5
BPG 1.40
SPG 0.79
FG% 53.1
FT% 59.5

BENCH 2005--06 STATS
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Enemy Lines
An opposing team's scout sizes up the Magic

They finished on a 16--6 run, and I think that's meaningful. You'll see them continue to grow this season around their promising young nucleus. They'll be better even if Grant Hill doesn't play a single game, because they still have Hedo Turkoglu on the wing.... Dwight Howard is the best young big man in the league. He reminds me a lot of David Robinson with his size and athleticism, though Howard might be more agile. He's already good at turning and facing and taking it strong to the hole, but can he develop moves like the drop-step hook? He also has to become a better shooter, especially facing up from 15 feet and in.... Jameer Nelson overcomes his lack of size with a big heart; he's earned the respect of his teammates. He's become a pretty good three-point shooter--a 6-foot guard needs to be able to hit that shot to keep the defense honest.... J.J. Redick was a great player at Duke but he'll struggle unless he steps up his defense and gets quicker and stronger. I see him developing as a shooting specialist, along the lines of Steve Kerr.


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