The Magic defeated the 76ers 83-77 in their Summer League opener Saturday behind a solid, poised performance from Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo scored 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting to lead the Magic and was strong on the ball as the team’s starting point guard. Both Magic rookies struggled in their professional debuts. They were caught up in the pressure of the defense and in the moment and seemed to be going just a little too fast.
Gordon scored seven points to go with five rebounds and Payton had two points and five assists.
Orlando used its defense to overcome foul trouble and turnovers (typical Summer League issues). That will surely become hallmark for the team. Philadelphia did not found things easy.
Both Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton have looked a little nervous in their first stints at the professional level. Payton committed a lot of turnovers as Philadelphia has trapped him coming around most on-ball screens. Payton has not be strongest solving those.
Roy Devyn Marble looked confident and poised with his jumper on his way to 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
Nerlens Noel has been the star of the game. There was a lot of national focus on him as this was his first game since tearing his ACL as a freshman in college in February 2013. Noel has looked great and athletic as he has jumped around to block a few shots (tough shots at that) and has been active and mechanical on the offensive end. He is clearly Philadelphia’s best player.
In bad news, however, Sixers guard Pierre Jackson appeared to have ruptured his Achilles after colliding with Oladipo. The extent of the injury is not yet known, but it is safe to say he is done for the week.