Commentary

The Magic's Hedo Turkoglu plan

Orlando is using Turkoglu more as a facilitator, while hiding him on D

Originally Published: January 31, 2011
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
Hedo TurkogluDouglas Jones/US PresswireHedo Turkoglu's assists numbers are way up this season since returning to Orlando.

Each Monday throughout the NBA season, ESPN Insider will investigate the latest trends in the league. Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton is keeping an eye on all the numbers and will have a first look at how players, teams and the league as a whole are evolving.

Trending player: Hedo Turkoglu, SF, Orlando Magic

The storyline goes like this: After a miserable season-plus with the Toronto Raptors and the Phoenix Suns, last month's trade that brought Hedo Turkoglu back to the Magic has returned him to the role in which he thrived in 2007-08 and 2008-09, which has in turn returned him to relevance. The reality, when viewed in terms of statistics, is a bit more complex.

Undeniably, Turkoglu was used differently with Toronto and Phoenix than he originally was in Orlando. The limited possessions these teams had to offer Turkoglu hampered his offensive value, as reflected by the drop in his per-minute player winning percentage (only red-hot shooting with the Suns -- 42.3 percent from beyond the arc -- propped up Turkoglu's performance in Phoenix).


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