The Orlando Magic remain in rebuilding mode following a 20-62 season, the second worst in team history. The most notable move of the offseason for the Magic was taking Indiana guard Victor Oladipo second overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. It is unclear whether Oladipo will play point guard or shooting guard for Orlando, but he will likely see the floor at both positions. To start a five-part series, we broke down the point guard position for the Magic. To resume, here is a look at how the shooting guard position will stack up for Orlando this upcoming season:
Once thought to be a lock to be traded this offseason, it appears as though Arron Afflalo will once again start the season as the Magic's starting two-guard. Prior to a hamstring injury late in the season that sidelined Afflalo, the former UCLA guard put together a career-year leading the team with 16.5 points-per-game in a team-high 36 minutes-per-game.
While Afflalo saw a dip in his field goal and three-point percentage, Afflalo managed to shoot a career-best 86 percent from the foul line. At 27 years old, Afflalo is one of the more veteran Magic players and it remains to be seen how long he sticks around. If Afflalo can stay healthy, he should have an opportunity to once again lead the team in scoring.
Oladipo's role also remains to be seen. Oladipo has an edge over Afflalo in athleticism and should be a lock-down defender for the Magic from day one.
At the Orlando summer league, Oladipo thrived leading the team in scoring and assists while even knocking down a game-winning jumper against the Philadelphia 76ers. Oladipo shot 60 percent from the field last season at Indiana and should he play well early, that could make Afflalo much more expendable.
Also vying for time at the shooting guard position will be a pair of hybrid guards in E'Twaun Moore and Doron Lamb. Moore filled in nicely for Orlando at times last season, but has been very inconsistent.
Lamb, acquired mid-season from Milwaukee in the J.J. Redick trade, did very little a season ago for Orlando and spent most of his time in the summer league at the point guard position. It is unlikely that either Moore or Lamb will see much time at shooting guard and both may be thrown into the mix for the backup point guard spot behind Jameer Nelson. To think that both will make the team at this point seems like a stretch.
With the Magic not re-signing DeQuan Jones, it looks as though the time at shooting guard will be split between Afflalo and Oladipo, a pair of 6'5" guards. Afflalo had a big season for the Magic last year, but missed the final month with a hamstring injury. With the selection of Oladipo to compliment other youngsters like Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless, it is possible that Afflalo could have a lesser role this year. While Afflalo is expected to produce in the short term, many believe that Oladipo can blossom into the face of the Magic franchise in the long run.