By Josh Cohen
Aug. 6, 2017
#8 Aaron Gordon
Gordon will be an outstanding all-around player if he develops a reliable 3-point shot. It’s no secret that the 3-ball was Gordon’s most glaring weakness last season (28.8 percent). It was encouraging, though, that he shot nearly 42 percent from long distance in his final six games.
#7 Nikola Vucevic
Vucevic said shortly before the end of last season that he planned on working extensively on his range this summer. Several of Vucevic’s counterparts around the league – Brook Lopez, DeMarcus Cousins and Al Horford – have become solid 3-point shooters. Now, Vucevic wants to add a reliable 3-point shot to his arsenal. He made 23 threes last year.
#6 Mario Hezonja
Many feel strongly that with a full offseason to work on his game and brush up on his skills, Hezonja will have a greater impact for the Magic in 2017-18. With his terrific shooting form and unlimited range, Hezonja should be more of a threat from beyond the arc.
#5 Jonathan Isaac
While it will take some time for him to polish up his game and become a complete offensive player, Isaac could help stretch the floor in his rookie season. With his length and high release, Isaac is able to shoot over every defender. He shot nearly 35 percent from 3-point range at Florida State and showed off his NBA range during summer league action.
#4 Marreese Speights
Speights extended his range last season. In his first seven seasons combined, he made 22 3-pointers. The next year in Golden State he knocked down 24 from long distance and this past year in L.A. with the Clippers he buried 103 from downtown. Speights is known throughout the league as a pick-and-pop specialist.
#3 Arron Afflalo
Afflalo shot 41 percent from 3-point distance last year with the Kings. In his last season with the Magic before getting traded to Denver (2013-14), Afflalo shot a scorching 43 percent from the outside. He also participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend 3-Point Contest that season. Afflalo excels in catch-and-shoot situations (43 percent from 3-ball land last year) and he’s nearly automatic from the right corner (56.7 percent).
#2 Terrence Ross
Ross knocked down 46 3-pointers after the Magic acquired him in February. Nearly all of his made threes with Orlando were assisted. Ross has excellent form and mechanics and he’s usually well-balanced and ready to launch when he receives a pass behind the arc.
#1 Evan Fournier
Like most of his teammates last season, Fournier was more efficient after the All-Star break (which coincided with trade acquisition of Terrence Ross). Fournier shot nearly 38 percent from 3-point range during that span. He shot 56-of-153 (36.7 percent) when shooting a three off screen throughout all of last season.