- Kevin Pelton
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).
In searching for the latest NBA trends, Kevin Pelton discovers the new ways in which the Orlando Magic are using Hedo Turkoglu in his second stint with the team. Also: the New Orleans Hornets' best chance at playoff success lies with their elite defense.