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ralaw said:
Magic could score from anywhere on the court, but he mainly got most of his points from a collection of layups, by posting up, and short jumpers.
Unfortunatley, I was too young to witness him play. I only saw a few Lakers/Boston Celtics game through ESPN Classic, and he pretty much sums it up.
 

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I never saw him live b/c I was just a little kid then & wasn't interested in basketball yet. I had NBA TV & they show some of his games. His court awareness was amazing. He usually scored around the paint area on layups & backing his man down & then driving passed them. He got to the line quite frequently for a point guard b/c he exploited his size advantage over his defenders. He had to carry more of a scoring load when Kareem was on the downslide of his career so he had to improve his perimter shooting. He did have adequate range on his shot but really only in the 2nd half of his career. Magic was awesome. The 2nd most exciting player in history in my opinion next to MJ largely due to his brilliant passing obviously.
 

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Magic didn't really have 3 point range. Towards the end of his career he started to shoot the 3 ball a bit more, and I think he was actually averaging over one three pointer a game. He was never considered a 3 point specialist or a sharp shooter. As Ralaw stated, he was more of a inside man. Having the huge body Magic could get inside and get a shot up over nearly anyone who was guarding him.
 

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can some of u guys who saw him play tell me how he was scoring wise? did he have 3 point range? how did he mostly score? more on post ups, short jumpers, or layups?
Well. let me try to sum it up:

Magic was never a consistent 3 point shooter. His trademark almost-undehand puch was used in specific ocasions, like when the Lakers couldn't go inside, or the shot clock was going down. He was not a guy who would rely on his 3 pointer to provide consistent offense. But he only went the distance often when he was in his late 20'2, if i remember correctly.

Now, about his game: in the beggining, it was all flash: crazy sprints down the lane, slashing at will, putting layup drills left and right. He couldn't be stopped when he had the ball in transition offense.

Then he started to adapt to all styles of play: developed a great low-post game, mastering the "junior ski-hook"; his short-distance jumper was money; and he was still a maniac on the run.
But he got more assertive, learning to pick his spots withing the flow of the game to score here and there. Remember, Magic was a pass-first PG. Even when he was scoring 20+ppg, he was still delivering 10+apg...

Magic knew his weaknesses and his strengths deeply. He knew he couldn't out-jump opponents, and he wouldn't try to take any kind of fancy fade-aways. That was not his game. He developed into a tremendous post player: unstoppable with his back to the basket, and learning how to draw contact in his slashes, for one of his biggest assets was his FT shooting, in which he relied plenty.

All in all. like someone said earlier, Magic could score anywhere in the court. But the majority of his points came in the paint.
 

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Magic was awkwardly effective. ;) My enduring memory of watching him score was lumbering through traffic and getting to the hoop for layups. He wasn't a great run-and-jump athlete, but he had deceptive quickness and body control...he looked awkward, but he was always in perfect control.

Of course, there was nothing awkward about him in the open court, directing the ball here and there with a thought and a touch.
 
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