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There has been one consistent theme throughout this season. Funny that I would use that word because consistency is very much that theme.
Any young team is looking for consistency. That is really the difference between the good, veteran teams and the young teams like the Magic. Coaches know what they will get every time they step on the floor. There is less variability. There is more trust.
When wins are on the line, this is what coaches rely on. They do not want to depend on the whims of a young player learning the ropes or trying to get into a groove within his role. One moment they could be the fulfillment of all their potential, the next they are a college player trying to make it against men.
"Without a doubt, that's the challenge," Jacque Vaughn said early in the season. "Can you be just very consistent in your approach? Can you be detailed? And can you do it over and over again?
"You've heard me say that before and I say it to our guys all the time. That's the difference to be disciplined enough to do the right thing over and over again. It's a challenge when you're dealing with different games, whether or not you get tired, injuries, all of the above. Having that mental approach to overcome and have that mental discipline every single night."
For the young group of Magic players, inconsistency is the unfortunate reality. They are learning the NBA and going through the growing pains that come from playing an 82-game schedule against the best players in the world for the first or second or third time. Almost every player on the Magic has yet to reach his potential and are still figuring themselves out as a player.
That could mean figuring out roles and where they fit into the current roster. This would be Victor Oladipo learning how to play point guard or Tobias Harris shifting from power forward to small forward or Andrew NIcholson adding the 3-pointer to his game while still playing in the post.no comments