Over the past three games, the anti-Vince, pro-JJ fans have seen an unusual boost in support. They claim that the slippery slope if-then logic of “Because J.J. has played in Vince’s position the last three games, AND we have won the last three games, J.J. must be a better player than Vince”. We look at past examples of Vince’s performance in the post-seasons, especially during Boston, and his constant minor to major injuries that offset his game as blatant signs of a “terrible” player who must be traded or, at the very least, benched. Benched in the favor of rising star, J.J.. Looking at the newspaper the day after the win over the Heat, Brian Schmitz included a quote from a fan stating that the “obvious” choice for Van Gundy is to make the temporary fix a permanent situation. It seems to be the feeling on most fans mind.
What’s more disturbing in this situation is the fact that most fans ignore the statistics that support the case of Vince’s starting position. Evan has spent tons of man-hours invested into writing about it. It seems every other game Evan is making a note to defend the absence of Vince as a façade for fans not to get “hooked” on. Just because it appears the Magic are playing better does not, in fact, mean they are.
Case in point: the Magic’s defense efficiency is not nearly as good with J.J. in for Vince. “The Parquet Report”, an Orlando Magic news site based off Fox Sports Florida, wrote an article following the Cavaliers game stating the Magic’s defense in the game was, for all intents, “terrible”. Needless to say even if the fans don’t see it, his loss can be felt. But fans look past this drop in defense to the increase of J.J’s production (as well as Lewis’ and Richardson’s) as proof the Magic are better off without Carter in a starting position. This is not to knock the wonderful play of late of the three aforementioned players, rather to point out the hole in the fans logic. It’s also worth noting that Cater is having one of his best years on FG% and True Shooting.
At the end of the day, one must ask if statistics continue to point out the Magic are better with Carter in the starting five and yet the fans still cry for a replacement, then what will it take? In my opinion, it is very easy to get wrapped up in the hoopla and discredit what Vince has brought to the Orlando Magic team. Therefore, I think Carter has demonstrated that he is more than capable of being in the starting SG spot. But I want to get other fans’ reactions as well. This poll is not as simple as “Would you rather have JJ or Vince in the lineup” because I feel as that question has been asked enough. Rather, the question should be what he would “have to do” to convince you, as the fans, to remain a starter. Now, technically, he doesn’t need to do anything. But this is my opinion. I extend the question to you.
Of course, I could be overanalyzing this- it wouldn’t be the first time.