Jameer Nelson's Excellent Playmaking Makes Orlando Magic Threat Every Game

By John Raffel
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jameer Nelson has been doing an excellent job of finding the open man for the Orlando Magic this NBA season. He certainly did that on Friday night against an outstanding Oklahoma City Thunder defense.

Nelson scored 16 points and had 10 assists for the Magic in Friday’s 97-89 loss to the Thunder. It was an impressive performance for Nelson and the Thunder despite loss.

It wasn’t easy to shoot against the Thunder as Nelson discovered, hitting 7-of-17 shots from the floor an netting 2-of-7 from the 3-point area. The Magic could see he had the hot hand and gave Nelson 41 minutes on the court. It wouldn’t hurt giving him additional minutes if he keeps passing the ball as effectively as he did against the Oklahoma City.

Nelson continues to have one of his best seasons in dishing the ball off.

His career averages are 12.6 points and 5.2 assists a game. He’s at 14.7 points and 7.3 assists for the season. He’s playing almost seven minutes per game this season more than his career average. His shooting percentage of 39.3 percent is almost five points below his career average, but Nelson is still  putting up some very good numbers in other areas.

Defenses continue to find him to be a hard person to guard whenever the ball is in his hands. Nelson is having fun with the role the Magic are giving him now and the Orlando coaches need to keep letting him do his thing. When he does, the Magic usually have success.

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