A look at each player’s performance in Tuesday’s summer league game

In the second day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the Magic were able to outlast the Celtics 85-82 behind a phenomenal performance from Ryan Anderson and a 29-point fourth quarter. But as you know, the team’s performance means very little. It’s all about the individuals. Here’s a look at each Magic’s player performance today, ordered by amount of minutes played. Kasib Powell, forward, 6-7, 215 Tuesday: 15 points, 7-14 FG, 1-4 3P, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 37:41 minutes Breakdown: A day after not playing at all, Powell came in and played more minutes than any other Magic player. My problem with Powell, the second-oldest player on the team at 28, is that he doesn’t do one thing particularly well. He’s a decent defender, decent shooter a decent penetrator, etc. Most of his points on Tuesday came on transition lay-ups and floaters. He can play a little bit, though, there’s no doubt about that. Ryan Anderson, forward, 6-10, 240 Tuesday: 33 points, 14 rebounds, 11-15 FG, 2-2 3P, 35:17 minutes Breakdown: Anderson was far and away the best player on the floor on Tuesday. And it wasn’t even close. Anderson dominated from start to finish, scoring nine points in the first three minutes and leading the magic to a 29-point fourth quarter. He’s so much more than a shooter — he made several lay-ups in traffic, got to the free-throw line nine times (9-for-9, by the way), and worked hard at rebounding. There is absolutely nothing negative to say about Anderson at this point. And even though he played center for a significant stretch, Anderson worked on defense and was effective both in the post and from the weak side. Russell Robinson, point guard, 6-1, 190 Tuesday: 7 points, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 turnovers, 32:56 minutes Breakdown: While the stats don’t exactly scream at you, Robinson played effectively at the point. He ran the offense well, didn’t make mistakes and defended both Gabe Pruitt and Lester Hudson well. I wrote more about Robinson here. Darian Townes, forward, 6-10, 250 Tuesday: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5-8 FG, 24:52 minutes Breakdown: Despite having several lay-ups blocked, Townes showed an ability to put the ball in the hoop with some nice post scores on Robert Swift, a guy who’s earned some minutes with Oklahoma City/Seattle over the past few years. Townes, however, showed little effectiveness on defense as Nick Fazekas and Swift were able to get inside and score on top of Townes numerous times. Surely, defense will be the point of discussion when Townes talks to coaches before tomorrow’s game. Maurice Ager, shooting guard, 6-5, 202 Tuesday: 10 points, 4 assists, 3-6 FG, 4-6 FT, 17:34 minutes Breakdown: It’s no secret Ager has the ability to score, as it was demonstrated on Tuesday as he scored on jumpers, drives and free throws. He even passed a little bit, showing a little bit of chemistry with Ryan Anderson. Overall, a nice showing for a guy with little chance to make the team. The rest of the team, including Stevan Milosevic and Levance Fields, after the jump. Courtney Fells, guard, 6-6, 210 Tuesday: 0 points, 0-8 FG, 16:41 minutes Breakdown: It’s certainly a day Fells would like to forget. He was ineffective, to say the least. Stevan Milosevic, center, 7-0, 260 Tuesday: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, 12:13 minutes Breakdown: The Magic have had some luck with unknown foreign big men. While Milosevic has not been nearly as hyped as Milovan Rakovic, there was some hope that his incredible natural size could make him a long-term development project. Milosevic didn’t make a very good first impression on Tuesday. He’s big but not particularly strong, he wasn’t very active on the boards and he disappeared for significant stretches of the game. He clearly has nice ball skills, but it was paired with questionable decision-making (five turnovers) on Tuesday. Milosevic had several passes picked off and he was viciously dunked on by Gabe Pruitt in the second quarter. Jeremy Richardson, shooting guard, 6-7, 195 Tuesday: 2 points, 1-5 FG, 9:07 minutes Breakdown: Richardson tweaked his ankle early in the game and sat out the second half, but he said he’d be alright. He started out cold, going 1-for-5 in the first quarter, and it’s pretty clear what we’re going to get out of Richardson — a lot of shots, a decent amount of points and a lot of turnovers and misses. After the game, Richardson said he expects to increase his role with the Magic this season. “I’m going to keep working hard and I think it will take care of itself. I think I can contribute this year.” Levance Fields, point guard, 5-10, 190 Tuesday: 2 points, 1 assist, 9:02 minutes Breakdown: Fields has been blessed with exceptional court vision and a great feel for the game, but his athleticism simply isn’t there at this point. On both offense and defense, his lack of lateral quickness hurt him against quicker guys such as Gabe Pruitt and Lester Hudson. In the half court Fields’ effectiveness goes up, but in transition he can’t stay with those guys. Lance Allred, center, 6-11, 260 Tuesday: 2 points, 4:37 minutes Breakdown: He runs well and hit an open jumper from about 18 feet out. We didn’t see much of Allred today, but there are still a lot of people who think Allred has an outside chance of being the last big man on an NBA team.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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