Summer Changes: So Far
While the Magic haven't made a huge change this summer like the Warriors, Clippers, 76ers, and Rockets the changes they have made are fairly significant.
Definitely gone from last years club are:
Mo Evans, 47 starts, 1626 minutes, 633 points
Keyon Dooling, 72 games played, 1333 minutes, 581 points, 133 assists
Carlos Arroyo, 20 starts, 1266 minutes, 430 pts, 219 assists
Pat Garrity, 31 miserable games, 284 unbearable minutes, 66 pts, 17 TO
James Augustine, 25 games, 116 minutes, no discernable contribution
Those 7 guys totaled 24.1% of all minutes played, 20.9% of the points scored, 14% of rebounds, 26% of the total assists. So the team is effectively changing a quarter of last years floor time covering 4,780 minutes or 58 minutes per game.
If you just look at the guards and g/sf combo players from last year (in descending order of minutes played):
Evans * 1626
Dooling * 1333
Arroyo * 1266
Ariza * 116
The guys who are gone (*) represent 49% of the minutes played from the 2007 group, 51.1% of the points scored, 45% of the groups rebounds, 46% of steals, 46% of the groups turnovers and 50% of its fouls.
The guards who have left played 4,341 minutes last year. Where are those minutes coming from?
Nelson, missed 13 games, averaged 28 minutes per game. Put him down for 30 minutes a game and 82 games, that is 500 more minutes.
Pietrus: last year played 1317 minutes for Golden State in 66 games. He better come to camp in shape, the most minutes he's ever played in a season is 1940 in 2006/07. Put him down for 30 minutes and 2500 minutes minimum.
Anthony Johnson played 1530 minutes in 69 games for Atlanta & Sacramento last year. If he gets 18 minutes a game in 82 this year that's 1500 minutes.
Nelson, Pietrus and Johnson will be called on to step up and deliver the bulk of the minutes that have left the team. The rest is up to Lee and Redick to earn minutes from Pietrus and Bogans. Otis continues to stress they need a 3rd PG.