Josh Magette: 2014 Exit Interview

By Benny Garcia | April 22, 2014

Josh Magette appeared in all 50 games (47 starts) for the D-Fenders towards averages of 10.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals on 42.0 percent field goals and 37.7 percent on three-pointers. Magette led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.3) and ranked among the league leaders in three-point field goals made (84).

In two playoff games vs. Santa Cruz, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc.

– On how he would sum up the season:
“If you take away those two rough patches at the beginning and the end, we were really good. Personally, for me, I thought it was a really, really good season. It was everything I wanted to get out of it and more. I got to play against and with a lot of really, really good players, so that was good experience for me, and we won games in the process, which was important. We were playing really good basketball for awhile and it was a lot of fun.”

– On if he learned anything about himself playing against the competition he faced this year:
“It was reassuring to see that I could play with those guys. I had watched a lot of them on TV and it was reassuring to be out there and play with those guys and hold my own and even outplay them a lot of nights.”

– On how much fun it was for him to lead this team in coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense:
“It’s great. Coach (Mike) D’Antoni’s offense is made for a point guard to have the ball in his hands all the time and it was perfect for me. You feel like you’re in control out there with the ball in your hands. It was perfect for me personally and I really enjoyed it.”

– On what this offseason holds for him:
“I took about a week off to let my body recover from the season. I’m going to start working out again and hopefully I’ll get onto a summer league team and go from there. Hopefully (I’ll) play well in summer league and see what happens after that. Trying to stay as fit as possible and be ready for any calls or workouts I might have on the horizon.”

– On what he plans to focus on during his workouts this summer:
“I want to get stronger, especially in my lower body to help me guard guys. That’s priority number one. Then to keep fine tuning everything – work on my right hand, work on my left hand, (shooting). But getting stronger is the main thing for me right now.”

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