gave Orlando Magic There are plenty of questions entering the 2022-23 season, which will happen. tip off on October 19 against the Detroit Pistons.

Their training camp which will start in a week. New state-of-the-art Advent Health Training Centershould help provide answers.

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The Magic’s 2½ weeks between the start of camp and the regular season, which includes five preseason games, will provide insight into their plans for the wings (a combo player who can slot in at shooting guard or small forward). can).

Orlando’s wings include Gary Harris, Caleb Houston, kiss ok, Terence Ross And Franz Wagner.

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Forward Kevin Harris And Admiral Schofield Bilateral agreements have also been signed with the Magic. Joel came. Will be added to Orlando’s 20-man training camp roster after signing the Exhibit 10 contract.

Here are three stories to monitor once camp begins:

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1. Use of Wagner

Wagner exceeded expectations by playing at an elite level for a rookie for most of the season.

He averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.7 minutes (79 starts in 79 appearances), was named to the All-Rookie First Team and finished. Fourth for Rookie of the Year (two third-place votes) which was awarded to Toronto Raptors forward Scotty Barnes.

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When asked to do more, Wagner stepped up in multiple facets – most notably as a defender, pick-and-roll ball handler, driver and playmaker.

He was one. A high-level cutter and offensive threat off the ball.

Questions about Wagner entering his second season are not only about how he will build on last year, but also his usage.

Wagner can’t be trusted as much as a ball handler.

Forwards Paolo Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, and Markelle Fultz, who returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, will likely carry a significant load.

This is apart from the guards. Cole Anthony And Jaylen Suggs – Orlando’s starting backcourt for most of last season.

Wagner stepped up as an on-ball creator, Especially as a pull-up shooterwith the German men’s national basketball team EuroBasket in 2022. How much he can show that development will depend on how coach Jamal Mosley uses him with the team.

Mosley believes Wagner is versatile enough to be a primary ball handler and values ​​his decision-making both on and off the ball.

“It’s not necessarily ball handling, it’s more decision making,” Mosley said. The Official Podcast of Magic, Pod Squad. “You feel comfortable with a guy who can make decisions. That’s what we’re asking all of our guys to do: How can they be better decision makers? When Franz first started summer league, It’s ‘look how well he cuts.’ It is a decision maker.

“That’s what we do with all our guys, not just with the ball in my hands. Franz will have some ball in his hands. If you’re out there with four other decision makers, you’re watching a good team. are

2. Harris’ injury

Harris, who signed a 2-year, $26 million contract extension to return to Orlando before free agency officially began on July 1, Arthroscopic surgery was performed. On August 31st to have a meniscectomy in myself Left knee after tearing cartilage.

Tony WenchMD, an orthopedic surgeon at the HSS Sports Medicine Institute, told the Orlando Sentinel that an arthroscopic meniscectomy is not an invasive procedure and involves “removing a torn or unstable portion of the meniscus (or cartilage).”

Even with the Magic’s other guard/wing options, Harris’ on-court contributions will depend on how long he’s sidelined.

He was one of the Magic’s most consistent 3-and-D contributors in 2021-22, averaging 11.1 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 38.4 points on 38.4% shooting for a 53.9% effective field goal percentage. Obtained — A formula that adjusts for 3 -Pointers have a value greater than 2 pointers.

“Typical rehabilitation/recovery is about six weeks for full return to activity,” Vanch added. “The good thing about meniscus surgery is that it’s not a very invasive procedure. After surgery, patients are able to move around immediately but are usually limited to running or jumping for the first six weeks. are.”

A 6-8 week recovery period will give Harris a tentative return time in mid-to-late October.

Orlando plays seven games in the opening month, so Harris shouldn’t miss much of the season — if he misses any. He will likely be limited for most of training camp, which begins on Sept. 27.

“The first thing we focus on during the recovery process is full range of motion,” Wanch said of recovery and recovery from an arthroscopic meniscectomy. If you do, there is a risk of scar tissue building up, causing loss of motion and stiffness in the knee. It is important to focus on making sure they regain their range of motion.

“The other part is making sure the knee has enough time to adapt to this new situation. What I mean by that is you’ve got the knee where it’s lost a little bit of cushion. When The more you run and jump, the greater the impact on that bone. The body adapts to it, but that’s why you have to worry about getting athletes back early. If the bone adapts And there’s not enough time to adjust, so it can delay recovery because it’s putting too much pressure on the bone.”

3. Crowded house

With Magic Drafting Bunchero, Re-signing Mo Bamba And speak And Jonathan Isaac is expected to return to the floor.it will be a battle for playing time in the frontcourt – especially as a 4/power forward.

How will the rest of the roster be affected?

Will Okeke, who has primarily played the 4, play more as a 3 in the lineup?

Will Ross, who is entering the final season of a 4-year, $54 million contract, play more as a 2/shooting guard after being used mostly as a 3 in 2021-22?

Where does Houston, the No. 32 pick in June’s draft, fit into the wing rotation, especially after Harris returns?

The Magic have options they will use to set up camp.

This article was first published. OrlandoSentinel.com. Email me for the best price. khprice@orlandosentinel.com Or follow him on Twitter. @khobi_price.

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