For three weeks, the Orlando Sentinel is going through the Orlando Magic alphabetically, evaluating players, as well as coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith, and assigning them grades for 2010-11.
Years with Magic/NBA: 1/7.
2010-11 regular-season stats: 51 G, 15.2 mpg, .380 fg%, .250 3p%, .560 ft%, 2.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.3 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats#: .446 ts%, .430 efg%, 3.9 trb%, 88 oftg, 106 drtg
2011 postseason stats: 1 G, 4.0 mpg, .500 fg%, .500 3p%, 1.000 ft%, 5.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg
2011 advanced postseason stats: .868 ts%, .750 efg%, 0.0 trb%, 183 oftg, 109 drtg
Contract status: Signed through 2013-14, but according to ShamSports.com, the final season is only partially guaranteed if he is waived on or before June 30, 2013.
Praise: Duhon almost certainly is the best defender among Magic point guards. That's not necessarily high praise, given that Orlando's two other point guards are Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas. Still, Duhon is a capable defender who had some bright spots on that side of the ball during the season. Duhon committed 2.8 turnovers per 36 minutes, lower than Nelson (3.0) or Arenas (3.6). Duhon also is well-respected by his teammates. The Magic designated Duhon as their representative to the players' union. On Jan. 11, during a road trip to face the New Orleans Hornets, teammates Brandon Bass, Earl Clark, Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson and Quentin Richardson accompanied Duhon to a game featuring Duhon's high-school alma mater. When he's on the bench, Duhon is one of the Magic's most vocal and most supportive players.
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Constructive criticism: Duhon was signed to a lucrative four-year deal in 2010 to be the Magic's second-string point guard behind Nelson, but he had more downs than ups during the season. Coach Stan Van Gundy wanted Duhon to trust his shot more and be more aggressive on offense, and when Duhon didn't deliver, Van Gundy occasionally played Jason Williams instead of Duhon. And, when Arenas was acquired in a mid-December trade, Duhon never regained his regular spot in the rotation unless there was an injury in the backcourt. Indeed, Duhon has to improve on his field-goal percentage and his 3-point percentage to receive more playing time.
2010-11 grade*: C-
The future: It would seem unlikely that the Magic will be able to trade Duhon this offseason. But he will turn only 29 years on Aug. 31, so could be able to engineer a turnaround in his game. As long as Nelson and Arenas are with the team to begin the 2011-12 season, as is expected, Duhon likely will begin the season as the team's third-string point guard.
# All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what they mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
oftg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
*grades evaluate how a person did in his expected role.
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