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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-02

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-02

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-11-02The rest of the NBA is going to get a hint this week at why the Magic didn't move J.J. Redick in a trade at any time in the last three years, even when he wasn't playing much.

Redick is going to be of significant value. He might get his second start of this season Tuesday when the Magic move to Detroit if Vince Carter remains on the sideline with his sprained left ankle.

Redick showed in the Magic's victory at Toronto on Sunday that there is no reason for Carter to rush back prematurely. He scored a career-high 27 points with Carter watching from the sideline.

Redick has struggled to carve his niche in the NBA after a great college career, but he has worked hard on improving all aspects of his game. He came into the league known for his shooting, but he has shown a steady improvement with his defense, ballhandling and even his rebounding.

General manager Otis Smith has remained adamant about Redick's future value, particularly with center Dwight Howard needing to be surrounded by good shooters.

Redick hit 8 of 14 shots, grabbed six rebounds and added five assists in a career-high 45 minutes against the Raptors.

He is expected to serve this season as a backup to Carter, and he sure came in handy after Carter went down, looking more than competent as a starter.

MAGIC 125, RAPTORS 116: Point guard Jameer Nelson scored 30 points, hitting 5 of 9 3-pointers, to lead the Magic to their third consecutive victory Sunday afternoon despite playing without two of their starters. Nelson was one of four Magic players who had at least 20 points. J.J. Redick had 27, Dwight Howard 24 and Ryan Anderson 20. The Magic were without Vince Carter (ankle sprain) and Mickael Pietrus (flu-like symptoms).

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Added: November 2, 2009


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