ENEMY LINES | A RIVAL SCOUT ON THE MAGIC
Scorers like Vince Carter aren't easy to find. Carter's willing to pass, and on this team he can do more of that; but at the same time they need him to still be Vince Carter. Creating for others is not his strength; that was Hedo Turkoglu's strength.... Another big pickup is Brandon Bass, a prototypical energy-effort guy. Last year Orlando ranked 27th in offensive rebounding [10.0 per game] even though Dwight Howard led the league [4.3], which shows how poor the rest of the team was. Bass will help there. Defensively they can put him on the opposing scorer up front, which can take some of the pressure off Dwight and help keep him out of foul trouble.... The interesting thing about Bass will be how much he affects their style, and how much Rashard Lewis winds up playing at small forward. Do they lose their matchup advantage, where teams struggled to defend them with their four perimeter scorers surrounding Howard ... They need shooting around Howard, and they've got it in J.J. Redick, Ryan Anderson and Matt Barnes. Barnes will also help them defensively, while Anderson is a smart and efficient player who is sneaky good in other areas, like rebounding.