You don’t have to watch hours of game tape or pore over pages of statistics to produce a scouting report on Jameer Nelson. The book on the diminutive Orlando Magic co-captain is simple: He’s a scoring point guard who looks for his own shot as often as he looks to pass.
Wednesday night didn’t change that perception, but it showed that Nelson can help the Magic even when his own shot doesn’t fall.
Nelson bedeviled the Dallas Mavericks by dishing out 10 assists in the 101-76 exhibition victory.
“I don’t know how much confidence I can get at this point in my life,” Nelson said afterward, chuckling. “If I’m not confident in myself and in my game, I’m in trouble. I’m just out there just trying to turn the corner, get in the paint and make the right play, whether it’s for myself to shoot or get the guys that make the big bucks the ball.”
Nelson, who made just one of his eight shot attempts, impacted the game immediately.
Six of his assists came in the game’s first six minutes.
He fed Quentin Richardson for a 3-pointer for Orlando’s first basket. Twice, his passes set Dwight Howard up for easy dunks. His ability to drive — and force defenses to account for his shot — helped lead to a pair of treys from Vince Carter and a midrange jumper from Rashard Lewis.