E’Twaun Moore brings depth to Magic roster

E'Twaun_Moore_2The wait is almost over. We are about a month away from training camp and the NBA preseason.

With the season quickly approaching I will be taking a closer look at the Magic’s roster throughout the month of September. First up is guard E’Twaun Moore.

Last season, Moore averaged 22.4 mpg, shot at 39.6 percent and averaged 2.7 apg in the 75 games he appeared in.

Moore led or tied the team in assists 12 times, in scoring four times and in rebounding once. Moore reached a career best of 18 points three times, a career-high nine rebounds on Mar. 25  against the Miami Heat and a career-high 11 assists on Mar. 1 against the Houston Rockets. Moore also recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 10 assists on Feb. 26 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Moore missed seven games (Dec. 29-Jan. 12) due to a sprained left elbow but did not have any other notable injuries for the rest of the season. Moore started 21 games and severed as a great backup for Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo while they were dealing with injuries throughout the season.

In college, Moore spent a lot of his time at the shooting guard position but has spent most of his time in the NBA as a point guard. After four years of playing college ball and two years in the NBA, Moore will be able to bring some depth to both guard positions.

Last fall, the Magic and Moore agreed to a two-year contract for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 season with the first year being guaranteed. This past July, the Magic and General Manager Rob Hennigan chose to retain Moore and guarantee the second year on his contract. Moore is set to make $884,293 this coming season.

The 24-year-old guard out of Purdue was selected 55 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. The Magic signed Moore through free agency on Sept. 6, 2012.

Moore will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season.