Commentary

Intel: Magic's underrated D

Orlando's top-rated unit has been even better in the playoffs

Originally Published: June 4, 2009
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus

The Orlando Magic don't fit the profile of an elite defensive team. Although the Magic's D is anchored by NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard, his teammates don't have much in the way of defensive reputations; no other Magic player received a single vote for this year's All-Defensive Team. Orlando also plays a small lineup with lanky Rashard Lewis playing power forward. (He played small forward for Seattle earlier in his career.)

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