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Jameer Nelson was the most important holdover from the previous regime as the Orlando Magic overhauled their roster over the summer. Once an All-Star, Nelson would be expected to lead a roster filled with youngsters and to ease Jacque Vaughn's transition into coaching. He'd also be expected to produce, especially scoring, given the team's overall lack of talent.

He didn't exactly deliver on all counts.

All statistics in this table from Nelson's player page at basketball-reference. Career-best statistics highlighted in gold; career-worst statistics highlighted in silver.

Finally given the freedom to run an offense without so many straight post-ups, Nelson reached new heights in assists, ranking seventh in the league per game and 14th in percentage. His ability to create high-value shots--specifically three-pointers and layups--out of the pick-and-roll remains strong, and he managed to create those shots without a terribly high cost in turnovers.

The issue is his scoring. Nelson set a new low in field-goal shooting, and because he's never been a great foul-drawer, he needs to connect on his jumpers in order to be a plus as a scorer. In my estimation, that low percentage ties strongly to his role in the offense: he has to do too much for himself, given the quality of the players around him. Opposing defenses can key on him, to a degree, complicating his attempts to create space for a jumper.

Consider that in 2011/12, before Orlando's rebuild, Nelson posted an effective field-goal percentage of 41.7 in the final four seconds of the shot clock, according to 82games.com, and he was assisted on 46 percent of his makes on such shots. Flash forward a season and Nelson's accuracy in the final four seconds of the clock dipped to 36 percent, with 32 percent of his makes assisted.

One can't overlook the games Nelson missed due to injury: he sat 26 games in 2012/13, pressing E'Twaun Moore, Ish Smith, and eventually Beno Udrih into larger roles. Were the Magic competing for anything more than pride and player development, his absences would be even more costly. Nelson has earned a reputation for being injury prone, but it's fair to point out that he missed only 15 games over the prior two seasons combined.
http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/orlando-magic-evaluations-2013/2013/4/22/4249482/jameer-nelson-stats-2013-orlando-magic
 

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The bad news is that Jameer isn't particularly good anymore. The good news is that a top-four pick is going to put them in great position to trade for Eric Bledsoe.
 

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stats aside, nelson is one of the league's worst starting point guards. there may be a few young pg's who are around his level but they are young and have room to grow. can't say the same for nelson. magic would be wise to obtain a young pg for the future.
 

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He's still better than DJ Augustin.
 

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DJ Augustin signed a 1 year 3.5 million dollar contract, that expires. Jameer Nelson is owed 14.6 million over the next two years. I'd rather have Augustin. He'd have helped the Magic win as many lottery balls as Nelson did too.
 

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Yeah, he's not that much better than Augustin. That's an awful contact.
 
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