Orlando Magic Player News: All Positions

News: General manager John Hammond has "no idea" when Fultz will be able to play, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports reports. "We want to have patience with [Fultz] and get him ready and put him on the court when he can be most productive."
Impact: Hammond also noted that Fultz will not play in summer league, but that the point guard is in good shape. It's possible fantasy owners will go into drafts next season still without knowing if Fultz will play at all. But there's still plenty of time until preseason begins, and we may be able to get a glimpse of him then.
News: Jefferson was extended a qualifying offer by the Magic on Tuesday, making him a restricted free agent.
Impact: Jefferson saw limited action as a rookie last season, playing 68 minutes and totaling 27 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks. There's a strong chance he'll remain in the Magic organization, as it's unlikely he fields offers from many teams.
News: Birch was extended a qualifying offer from the Magic, making him a restricted free agent.
Impact: As a sophomore last season, Birch averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds across 12.9 minutes in 50 appearances. It seems unlikely he'll receive a lucrative offer from many other teams.
News: Bamba will be a part of the Magic's summer league team, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Impact: Bamba's last NBA game came back on Jan. 31 before he was sidelined for the remainder of the year with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. While Bamba was able to avoid surgery, the injury cost him valuable developmental time, though he's reportedly been working on adding strength and weight over the last several weeks. The No. 6 overall pick in 2018 will be the headliner for a Magic roster that also includes several members of the Lakeland Magic -- the team's G League affiliate. Orlando's 2019 first-rounder, Chuma Okeke, will not be available as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the NCAA Tournament.
News: The Magic picked up Iwundu's team option worth $1.6 million, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: At such a cheap price, this move was a no-brainer for the Magic, as Iwundu proved to be a productive player off the bench last year in his second NBA season. Where Iwundu saw the biggest improvement was in his perimeter shooting, as the swingman hit 36.7 percent of his shots from deep. He averaged 18.1 minutes per game last season and will likely play a similar role in 2019-20.
News: Jeffries signed an contract with the Magic on Friday as an undrafted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jeffries, a 6-foot-5 swingman, left for the NBA after a season at Tulsa where he averaged a career-high 13.0 points per game while shooting 36.6 percent from behind the arc. He will likely spend training camp with the Magic with the hopes of cracking the final roster.
News: Okeke (knee) was selected by the Magic with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Okeke enjoyed a breakout sophomore season at Auburn, starting 38 games and putting up 12.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. However, he tore his ACL during the NCAA Tournament, so he'll likely miss at least the first month or two of his rookie season. For Orlando, selecting Okeke is more of a long-term upside play.
News: Frazier underwent surgery Thursday to repair a stress fracture in his right tibia. He currently does not have a timetable for his return.
Impact: The Magic organization will opt to see how Frazier responds to rehab before placing a timetable on his return. Last season, he spent most of the year in the G League, but he played 44 total minutes in the NBA. In that time, he racked up 15 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.
News: Bamba has healed from the stress fracture in his left leg, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bamba first started experiencing discomfort in the leg in mid-January, and though he initially played through the issue, he was eventually shut down at the beginning of February and remained sidelined for the rest of the season. The No. 6 overall pick showed some flashes of the elite shot-blocking that made him a lottery prospect, but he was mostly underwhelming on the offensive end, and he posted the worst individual net rating on the team. Bamba, who indicated he hopes to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, said he's looking forward to working on his game this offseason. "I'm super-excited," Bamba said. "This summer is big. I think everyone in the organization knows how big this summer is going to be for me as far as development. I'm just looking forward to it."
News: Bamba (lower leg) has been jogging and shooting jumpers in workouts and hopes to play in summer league, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bamba, who has not played since undergoing surgery in February to repair a tibia stress fracture, is slowly making his way back onto the court. The fact that the big man is optimistic about playing in summer league this year is certainly a great sign for his health heading into the offseason.
News: Augustin totaled 15 points (4-9 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists and a rebound over 26 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: After scoring 25 and nailing the game winner in Game 1 of the series, Augustin checked out for three games, averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds in Games 2-4. He came back in Game 5 with a solid 15-point four-assist effort, but it wasn't enough for Orlando. The team heads home after a 4-1 first-round loss to the Raptors.
News: Gordon finished with 11 points (4-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-7 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal over 25 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Gordon finished Tuesday's loss with a stat line typical of this year's playoff performances. He was the only Magic player to offer consistency through five games against Toronto, averaging 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in Orlando's first-round exit.
News: Birch finished with nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists over 30 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Birch got a ton of play time in Tuesday's loss as the Magic were run out of the gym pretty early in the game. With Nikola Vucevic struggling, Birch stepped up and nearly had a double-double while swatting four shots and handing out three assists.
News: Vucevic totaled six points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), seven rebounds and an assist over 17 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Vucevic came away with another dreadful performance in Tuesday's loss, coming up small for the fourth time in five games against Toronto. He played only 17 minutes with the game well out of reach early on, yielding 30 minutes to backup Khem Birch. After a phenomenal regular season, Vucevic's playoff numbers were a huge disappointment.
News: Augustin tallied eight points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 30 minutes during the Magic's 107-85 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.
Impact: The veteran point guard got his series off to a rousing start in Game 1 with 25 points, but he's come nowhere close to the same caliber of performance over the subsequent three games. Augustin has gone a combined 7-for-19 from the floor in Games 2-4, scoring no more than nine points in any of those outings. Moreover, while he took a solid 13 shot attempts in Game 1, he's put up no more than seven in any of the following three installments of the series.
News: Vucevic managed 11 points (5-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 32 minutes during the Magic's 107-85 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.
Impact: Vucevic had finally looked like himself in Game 3, posting a 22-point, 14-rebound double-double across 39 minutes. Sunday, he was right back to the type of subdued performance he'd produced in Games 1 and 2, when he'd averaged 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 block. Vucevic has come up small in three of the first four games of the series overall, and the Magic will presumably need a trademark effort from him in Game 5 to have any chance of extending the series.
News: Fournier delivered 19 points (8-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal across 35 minutes during the Magic's 107-85 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.
Impact: Fournier's solid shooting night led to him checking in second only to Aaron Gordon in scoring on the night for the Magic. The veteran two-guard had been having a miserable time from the field in Games 1-3, with his nightmarish 8.3 percent performance on Friday serving as his low point. The 26-year-old has shot under 30.0 percent from three-point range in each of the last three games, however, which has served to cap his overall contributions.
News: Gordon supplied 25 points (10-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal across 38 minutes during the Magic's 107-85 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Sunday.
Impact: Gordon was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal performance by the Magic, which are now in considerable danger of seeing their season end in Game 5 north of the border. The 23-year-old has interspersed two 10-point efforts with a pair of 20-point tallies in the series, but his work on the boards has been a lot steadier. Gordon has pulled down at least seven rebounds in three of the first four games against Toronto, but poor shooting in Games 1 and 3 led to his offensive downturns.
News: Ross totaled 24 points (8-17 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, two steals and one assist over 32 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Impact: Ross led the Magic in scoring thanks in part to five three-pointers. He's always a threat to pop off for some big scoring nights, and he's averaged 16.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assists in 28.0 minutes off the bench for the Magic in this year's playoffs.
News: Isaac totaled 14 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist over 29 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Impact: Isaac stuffed the stat sheet on Friday, coming up with solid scoring and rebounding and making an impact on the defensive side of the ball with two swats and two swipes. In three games of the playoffs, he's averaging 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 30.7 minutes per contest.
News: Gordon totaled 10 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal over 34 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Impact: Gordon came up small on the offensive end, but he made up for it with seven boards and seven helpers. The Magic now find themselves down 2-1 and will play at home Sunday in a must-win game before going back to Toronto.
News: Vucevic totaled 22 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a steal over 39 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Friday.
Impact: Vucevic was finally back in rhythm on Friday, coming up with a huge double-double and stuffing the stat sheet in the process. The Magic ultimately lost the game, but Vucevic will get another home game on Sunday to try and replicate Friday's big performance.
News: Ross totaled 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-5 FT), three rebounds and a block over 27 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Ross produced 15 points off the bench in Tuesday's win and was one of only three Magic players to score double-digit points. He's proven to be a great scorer at times, though he's a streaky shooter, leading to inconsistencies in that department. However, it should be worth noting that Ross has averaged 22.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals over his last six games, making him an affordable daily play with upside.
News: Vucevic totaled six points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a block over 25 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Vucevic's production was unusually small in Tuesday's blowout loss, though the entire Magic team came out totally flat from the tip. Through two games of the playoff series with Toronto, Vucevic is averaging a paltry 8.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 blocks. He was a huge factor in the Magic reaching the playoffs, and he'll need to bounce back with a big effort on Friday when the Magic come home for Game 3.
News: Augustin totaled nine points (1-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four assists, one steal and one block over 23 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: After leading the Magic to victory in Game 1 with some much-needed heroics, Augustin took a big step back in Game 2. He scored nine points but only hit one of his six shot attempts, scoring seven points at the charity stripe. He and the Magic will have a couple nights off to regroup for a Game 3 matchup with the Raptors at home on Friday.
News: Gordon totaled 20 points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a block over 33 minutes in the Magic's loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Gordon led the Magic in scoring and was the only member of the team able to get anything going on offense save for Terrence Ross. Gordon posted a double-double in Game 1 and has been the most productive contributor for the Magic in the series so far.
News: Gordon totaled 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals across 34 minutes in the Magic's win over the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: Gordon produced a double-double in Saturday's upset win, and he contributed three helpers and three steals for a strong final stat line. He'll need to play like this every night if the Magic want to win more games against the Raptors.
News: Fournier totaled 16 points (7-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and a steal across 37 minutes in the Magic's win over the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: Fournier produced a respectable stat line in Saturday's win. His numbers are similar to his regular season averages of 15.1 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
News: Augustin totaled 25 points (9-13 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, two rebounds and a steal across 30 minutes in the Magic's win over the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: Augustin produced a new playoff-high in points on Saturday, going off for 25 in the Magic's upset win in Toronto. He also nailed a go-ahead three-pointer with the game tied at 101 and only a few seconds left on the clock. The Magic got strong production from all of its starters, and continued play like this could make the Orlando-Toronto series interesting.
News: Vucevic totaled 11 points (3-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and a block across 33 minutes in the Magic's win over the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: Vucevic came out unusually cold from the field in Saturday's upset win, though he was uplifted by the strong play of his teammates. He averaged 20.8 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in the regular season, so expect him to return to form in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday.
News: Carter-Williams took a shot to the face and went to the locker room during Saturday's Game 1 against the Raptors, per the ESPN broadcast.
Impact: Carter-Williams was hit in the nose by Toronto's Kyle Lowry, and he suffered a significant nosebleed as a result. He should be considered questionable to return.
News: Isaac passed the NBA's concussion protocol and is available to play in Saturday's game against the Raptors.
Impact: Isaac missed the Magic's regular season finale due to his concussion but the team won't be without their starting small forward to start the playoffs. He'll assume his regular role that's seen him average 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game through 75 games this season.
News: Isaac (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol as of Thursday, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Impact: Isaac was held out of Wednesday's regular season finale after sustaining the concussion on Sunday, and his status is a bit murky as Saturday's Game 1 against Toronto nears. The rangy forward will be reevaluated Friday, but for now he should be considered very much questionable.
News: Vucevic (illness) went through a workout Thursday and is expected to be fine for Saturday's Game 1 against Toronto, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Impact: Vucevic missed Wednesday's game against Charlotte with an illness, but he was able to do some individual work Thursday and said he's "feeling a lot better." With another day to prepare before Saturday's contest, expect the All-Star to be back at full strength for Game 1.
News: Fournier scored 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and collected two rebounds along with three assists over 32 minutes Wednesday against Charlotte.
Impact: Fournier missed all five of his shots from three, although he still managed to finish in double figures in the scoring column. He closed out the season averaging 15.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field (34.4 percent from deep), so although he struggled shooting the basketball in the finale, he figures to make shots at a higher percentage during the postseason.
News: Augustin recorded 18 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds and an assist over 31 minutes Wednesday against the Hornets.
Impact: Augustin knocked down just over half of his field goals in a 122-114 victory for the Magic in the final regular-season contest. The 31-year-old entered the month of April scuffling, but he managed to piece together three straight performances of 11 or more points to end the 2018-2019 campaign, and he'll continue to be relied on as a key contributor heading into the first round of the postseason against the Raptors.
News: Ross erupted for 35 points (12-19 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a steal over 30 minutes Wednesday against Charlotte.
Impact: Ross has been Orlando's secret weapon off the bench of late, although he won't remain a secret for much longer if he keeps producing at a similar rate. He drilled six of 10 attempts from three and tallied a team-high 35 points, his fourth straight outing of 23 or more points. With Ross excelling off the bench, expect Orlando to use him in a similar fashion throughout the first round of the postseason.
News: Gordon tallied 27 points (11-18 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds and three assists over 33 minutes Wednesday against the Hornets.
Impact: Gordon outscored the other four starts on the night, although Terrence Ross put up a game-high 35 points off the bench. Gordon finished off the regular season on a high note, averaging 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.4. assists over his previous 10 games. He'll aim to carry that success into the first round of the playoffs.
News: Birch will get the start Wednesday against the Hornets, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Impact: Birch will start in place of Nikola Vucevic, who's out with a stomach virus. In 49 games this season, Birch's averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.7 minutes.
News: Vucevic (illness) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wth the Magic having already locked up a playoff spot, the team won't force Vucevic onto the floor after the All-Star came down with a stomach virus Wednesday morning. Khem Birch will likely see the biggest boost in minutes in Vucevic's absence against Charlotte.
News: Vucevic is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets due to a stomach virus.
Impact: The Magic have already punched their ticket to the postseason, but there's still seeding at stake for the team in its regular-season finale. Depending on the results of Wednesday's games, the Magic could fall anywhere between the Nos. 6 and 8 seeds, so there's some incentive for Vucevic to try and play if the stomach bug isn't too debilitating. If the Magic do decide to err on the side of caution and hold Vucevic out, Khem Birch would likely enter the starting lineup and make for an intriguing DFS option while absorbing the majority of the minutes at center.
News: Iwundu will start at small forward in Wednesday's game against the Hornets, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
Impact: With Johnathan Isaac (concussion) out for Wednesday's regular season finale, Iwundu will get the start on the wing and should see a significant boost in minutes. It's unclear how long Isaac will be out for, but Iwundu will likely remain in the starting five for as long as he is out.
News: Isaac (jaw) entered the NBA's concussion protocol and won't be available for the Magic's regular-season finale Wednesday in Charlotte, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After exiting early in Sunday's 116-108 win over the Celtics upon taking a hit to the jaw, Isaac experienced concussion-like symptoms a day later. The Magic will thus err on the side of caution and hold Isaac out Wednesday while he works his way through the protocol, but the team is presumably hopeful he'll be available for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. His absence Wednesday should open up more minutes on the wing for Wesley Iwundu and Melvin Frazier.
News: Isaac is doubtful to return to Sunday's game against Boston due to a jaw injury, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Isaac took a blow to the jaw during the second half of Sunday's contest, likely ending his evening. He scored six points (2-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt) and registered three rebounds along with a steal and a block over 22 minutes prior to exiting. Assuming he remains on the bench for the rest of the game, his next opportunity to return will come Wednesday in Charlotte.
News: Mozgov (knee) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: Mozgov has yet to play in 2018-19 and seems unlikely to be available for the Magic's regular-season finale Wednesday in Charlotte, nor any playoff contests to follow.
News: Bamba (lower leg) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: The Magic haven't offered a timetable for Bamba's return since he underwent surgery in February to address a tibia stress fracture, nor has the team offered an update on his recovery. At this point, it appears highly unlikely that Bamba will make it back for the Magic's regular-season finale Wednesday in Charlotte.
News: Isaac registered 18 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block over 23 minutes Friday against the Hawks.
Impact: Isaac managed to put up solid numbers across the board after being held to just 14 total points over his previous two contests. He's averaging 9.5 points through 73 games this season, although the Magic will look for two more solid games out of the 21-year-old forward to help secure a spot in the postseason.
News: Gordon compiled 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), 11 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block over 28 minutes Friday against Atlanta.
Impact: Gordon only took six shots on the night and turned the ball over a team-high six times, but he managed to notch a double-double in a 149-113 win. The 23-year-old has been held below his season scoring average (15.9 ppg) in two of his previous three contests, although he's remained valuable to Orlando with his contributions across the board. The Magic will close out the regular season with two road games, which will likely determine whether they clinch a playoff berth.
News: Ross tallied 25 points (8-13 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals over 28 minutes Friday night against the Hawks.
Impact: Ross led his team in both minutes logged and points scored off the bench in a much-needed blowout victory favoring Orlando. The 28-year-old guard has put up 23 and 25 points in his previous two games, respectively, and he'll aim to stay hot during the final two matchups of the regular season to help his squad capture a playoff berth. Ross and the Magic will face a strong opponent Sunday on the road against Boston.
News: Fournier poured in 25 points (11-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and registered four rebounds along with an assist over 27 minutes Friday against Atlanta.
Impact: Fournier has been locked in of late, putting up 19 or more points in each of his team's last three contests. He's picked the right time to get hot, as the Magic will need to win the remaining two contests of the regular season to lock down a playoff spot. Orlando is currently clinging to the No. 6 seed in the East and will face a tough opponent in the Celtics on Sunday.
News: Vucevic totaled 25 points (9-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal over 30 minutes Friday night against Atlanta.
Impact: Vucevic posted his third straight double-double and helped the Magic coast to a 149-1143 victory, their third win in the last four games. The 28-year-old center has been a force for Orlando throughout the season, and the first-time All-Star has shown no signs of slowing down with two contests remaining before the playoffs. Vucevic and the Magic are currently clinging to the No. 6 seed in the East by half of a game.
News: Briscoe (knee) has been waived by the Magic.
Impact: Briscoe has been out since early March due to right knee surgery, and the Magic will opt to let him go to make a roster spot for Michael Carter-Williams, who has signed for the rest of the season.
News: Fournier contributed 19 points (8-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Fournier scored an efficient 19 points and managed to contribute to every fantasy category in a pivotal win over the Knicks. Despite seeing a reduction in his point total from a year ago, Fournier has rounded-out his offensive game and is averaging a career-best 3.7 assists on the season. With three games remaining to determine the final playoff spot in the East, the Magic will need everything Fournier can give and the seventh-year guard may be called upon to play heavy minutes with the season on the line.
News: Gordon finished with 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-6 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block in 40 minutes Wednesday against the Knicks.
Impact: Gordon bounced back from Monday's disappointing defeat to the Raptors with 19 points in 40 minutes. He managed to contribute in every facet of the game and struggled only from the free-throw line, hitting just 2-of-6 shots from the charity stripe. Given that there are just three games left in the season and the Magic sit a single game out of the playoffs, Gordon can be expected to see a heavy workload going forward.
News: Ross accumulated 23 points (9-14 FG, 5-10 3Pt), five assists, four rebounds and a steal across 23 minutes Wednesday against New York.
Impact: Ross seemingly broke out of a 15-for-54 slump over his past five games with a 23 points performance Wednesday. The Washington-product has had a career-year as an off-the-bench sparkplug for the Magic, averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 threes in 26.5 minutes per game. They currently sit a mere game out of the 8th seed and will need all that Ross can provide over the next three games in hopes of securing a playoff spot.
News: Vucevic contributed 29 points (11-21 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and a block in 32 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Knicks.
Impact: Vucevic dominated the interior Wednesday, posting his second-straight double-double and fifth in his past six games. The veteran center will need to continue his excellent production for the remaining three games as the Magic currently sit one game out of the eight-seed. In what's shaping up to be a career-year, Vucevic's averaging 20.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 31.4 minutes per contest.
News: Carter-Williams will sign a third contract with the Magic, keeping him in Orlando for the remainder of the season, Colton Jones of Amicohoops.net reports.
Impact: Carter-Williams second 10-day contract is set to expire after Wednesday's game against the Knicks. The new deal will allow him to remain with Orlando for the remainder of the regular season and possibly into the postseason if certain conditions are met. For Carter-Williams to be postseason eligible (given the Magic make the playoffs), Orlando would have to waive another player on their 15-man roster. In eight games off the bench for the Magic, Carter-Williams is averaging 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 18.1 minutes.
News: Jefferson managed five points (1-1 FG, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in six minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Jefferson saw limited action but filled up the stat sheet, finishing with career highs in scoring, minutes, and made free throws while matching his best rebounding effort. Nevertheless, this was just his 10th appearance of the season, and he's highly unlikely to see substantial playing time unless the Magic are eliminated from playoff contention prior to the final regular season matchup.
News: Carter-Williams amassed eight points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Carter-Williams ended up earning more minutes than starting point guard D.J. Augustin, who finished with four turnovers (compared to zero for Carter-Williams) in this one. The 27-year-old point guard has proven to be a solid addition through eight appearances with the Magic. Still, he's likely best reserved for use in deeper leagues given his sporadic statistical production.
News: Iwundu delivered 16 points (7-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), three rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Iwundu finished with a career high scoring total while matching his career high in made threes. The 24-year-old sophomore got hot on a night when his teammates mostly struggled offensively. With the Magic fighting for one of the final playoff spots, Iwundu might be a decent cheap option in daily leagues if he can build on this performance heading into Wednesday's matchup with the Knicks.
News: Fournier provided 21 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, and four assists in 30 minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Fournier was the only starter that didn't struggle offensively. However, it wasn't enough for the Magic to escape with a win. The 26-year-old shooting guard has had a down year as a scorer, but he is at least handing out a career high assist average. Expect him to remain aggressive across the final four regular season games as Orlando tries to secure one of the last playoff spots up for grabs.
News: Isaac contributed eight points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and two assists in 30 minutes during Monday's 121-109 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Isaac amassed three steals and three blocks in the same game for the third time this season. As evidenced by Monday's performance, the sophomore forward is still prone to the occasional single-digit scoring effort, though he has shown serious offensive improvement over the last couple months. With the Magic fighting for one of the final playoff spots, Isaac will likely need to continue producing on both ends across the last four regular season contests.
News: Birch compiled 10 points (5-7 FG), four rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 16 minutes during Saturday's 121-116 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Birch saw the lowest minute total among the nine Magic players who took the court in this one. Nevertheless, he was one of eight guys who reached double figures in scoring in a well-balanced offensive attack. Moreover, Birch was a factor defensively as well, as this was the first time he logged at least two steals and two blocks in the same tilt.
News: Augustin accumulated 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 10 assists, and four rebounds in 30 minutes during Saturday's 121-116 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Augustin recorded his third double-double through 76 appearances this season. That's his highest double-double total since 2014-15, as Augustin remains entrenched as the starting point guard on a team that could claw its way to the postseason. The 31-year-old point guard should be expected to stay aggressive offensively across the last five regular season games of 2018-19.
News: Gordon registered 23 points (9-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during Saturday's 121-116 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Gordon logged his 18th double-double of the campaign, thus setting a new career high in that category. Most nights he still leaves plenty to be desired from an efficiency standpoint, though this was not one of those occasions. With the Magic fighting for one of the final few playoff spots left in the Eastern Conference, Gordon should be expected to earn heavy minutes across the last five regular season games of 2018-19.
News: Augustin posted 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: On a night where nothing was falling, Augustin saw seven of his shots connect en route to the team's second-highest scoring performance. Although Augustin failed to put up his usual assist numbers Thursday, that can be attributed to a bad offensive night more than anything, as his average of 6.6 assists over the last eight games is just the difference of a couple players hitting their shots.
News: Ross produced 10 points (3-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 32 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Ross didn't have the prettiest game from the bench, but got called on often Thursday night to try and provide some scoring for the team. Unfortunately, the Magic just didn't shoot well collectively, going under 40 percent shooting for the game. Ross certainly contributed to that, but at least he has the confidence to be a volume shooter off the bench when the Magic are in need.
News: Vucevic tallied 12 points (5-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: This was a poor performance by Vucevic's standards, as the shot was just not falling like normal Thursday night. He still rebounds at a consistent clip, and is usually much better than 33 percent shooting for a game, so this stat line should be a floor for the big man going forward in a playoff battle.
News: Gordon totaled 20 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes in Thursday's 115-98 loss to the Pistons.
Impact: In a game with playoff implications at stake, Gordon took his shooting to a higher level, shooting over 50 percent on the night when he has averaged just 41 percent over his previous ten games. Gordon struggles to get his own easy looks at the offensive end, but the Magic will deploy him at all costs with his rebounding ability, athleticism, and intelligence.