It’s still time for rebuilding and tanking for the Orlando Magic as they head into the 2013-2014 NBA season. They may have added Victor Oladipo in the draft and have a handful of young players that could develop into something positive for the future.
However, one of those young players that doesn’t look like they are going to be around for the future, and rightfully so, is second-year guard E’Twaun Moore. Unless he shows a dramatic improvement this season from what he’s shown in his first two seasons, he doesn’t really have a great deal of value for this Magic team going forward.
In 75 games for Orlando last season, including 21 starts, Moore averaged just 7.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game. Even more underwhelming is the fact that Moore shot only 39.6 percent from the floor and just 34 percent from three last season.
Moore’s lack of effectiveness wouldn’t be terrible if he was a solid defender, but he was actually statistically one of the worst players in the league defensively last season. Moore ranked an atrocious 401st in the league last season as he allowed 0.97 points per possession, including allowing opponents to shoot 44.4 percent from long-range. Sure, Moore was on a poor defensive team, but he was part of the problem, not part of a potential solution.
Unless Moore finds a way to harness his offensive game or drastically get better on defense, he’s not the type of player the Magic should or will likely want moving forward. He’s less-than-stellar now and really hasn’t shown many signs of getting better. In the end, this seems like a make-or-break season for Moore, but it’s already feeling more like break before it’s even underway.