Russell Robinson plays well, hopes to be Magic’s third point guard

While watching the Orlando Magic’s summer league game against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday afternoon, I scribbled down notes on most of the key players throughout the game. For the most part, the notes matched what I had thought about each player going into the game. But one player stood out on the floor and in the notes: point guard Russell Robinson. Hit several open jumpers, from 3-point and mid-range… Very under control, poised… Comfortable in the pick-and-roll… Made several nice plays on defense, including a couple steals and drawing an offensive foul on a pick… Robinson, a 6-1 point guard who was a starter on Kansas’ national championship team two years ago, went undrafted in 2008 before bouncing around overseas and the D-League last year. He spent a little bit of time with the Houston Rockets before being cut. Known as an exceptional defender and smart decision-maker, Robinson could certainly have a future in this league. While his offensive game and athleticism won’t blow you away, his reliability could make him a perfect third point guard. He’s hoping his time is this year with the Magic. “I think this is a good fit for me,” Robinson said. “It’s an opportunity, and I’m just trying to go out there and make the most of mine. I’m trying to show them I can play.” He finished Tuesday’s game with seven points, six assists and two steals. And they didn’t come against some NBDL latch-on — Robinson spent most of his time against Gabe Pruitt, the young Celtics guard who played in 47 games last year. “Me and Gabe were in the same class coming out of high school, so I’m very familiar with his game,” Robinson said. “It’s good to be playing against somebody with NBA experience. I think it shows the scouts I’m ready.” It’s no secret to these summer league players that the Magic have only eight players under contract. They know they’re playing for a roster spot, or at least that’s the mindset. Robinson is hopeful, at least, that he can earn Orlando’s third point guard spot. Robinson’s goals are pretty simple going forward in the summer league: “Play well and have a good attitude about everything. That’s all you can do.” More coverage from the Orlando Pro Summer League coming later.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily