Orlando Magic Needs To Define Jameer Nelson's Role With 2013-14 Team

By John Raffel
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Jameer Nelson is looking at all the chatter going on for the Orlando Magic about what their needs will be in the upcoming draft and during the free agency movements. Nelson figures to hold a key role for the Magic in future years and he’s hoping that whatever moves the franchise makes, his role will be clear and effective.

If the Magic bring in too many guards, then Nelson has to wonder exactly what the team wants him to do. That’s why many observers are encouraging the Magic to focus on their inside game. But as Nelson himself would admit, any team can use two or three solid shooting guards if they want to go far. Take away Nelson, and there’s really not much as the guard spot for the Magic.

With nine years under his belt, Nelson ranks as one the finest guards in the league, having averaged 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game for the Magic.The franchise never was able to come up with a plan after dealing Dwight Howard that would allow Nelson and others to utilize their talents and come up with a winning team. It obviously backfired into saddling the Magic with the worst record in the NBA.

Nelson’s entire career has been with the Magic, and last season’s numbers were among the best of his career. But like all Magic supporters, Nelson wasn’t happy with missing the playoffs and having a horrible record. He wants to fit properly into the Magic’s rebuilding plans. It’s up to the Magic’s coaches and front office to make sure this happens.

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