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The Prospect Post: Showcasing in Orlando

Fred Katz

Fred Katz

Fred Katz averaged almost one point per game in 5th grade, but he maintains that his per 36 minutes numbers were astonishing. Find more of his work at or on ESPN's TrueHoop Network. Follow him on Twitter at @FredKatz.

It’s the first game of the 2013-14 NBA season. The nationally televised opener between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls is still an hour away. For now, the only basketball on TNT is the ever-missed TNT combination of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaq.

For the next hour, the basketball world belongs to the Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers – at least for those of us that have League Pass.

There were so many questions we wanted to see answered just on opening night. Just how ripped did Roy Hibbert get over the offseason? How much better is Paul George’s shot? And how the heck is No. 2 overall pick Victor Oladipo going to do in his first ever NBA game?

The Indiana PA announcer got on the mic in time to announce the Magic starting lineup – and who led those starters? Jameer Nelson. Not Victor Oladipo, but Jameer Nelson.

The Magic are a tanking-from-game-one type of team. They’re young, they’re undeveloped, they’re raw, and

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