The highlight of the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League will undoubtedly be the debut of the Magic’s first round pick. Stan Van Gundy’s first trip inside the Amway Center as head coach and director of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons will provide a nice side show too.
The Magic announced 10 teams will make their way to Orlando for seven days from July 5-11 at the Amway Center practice court. The event is closed to the public but each game will be broadcast on NBATV.
The Magic will be joined by the Celtics, Nets, Pistons, Rockets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Heat and 76ers. The Jazz elected to attend summer league in Las Vegas with the Grizzlies replacing them in this year’s group. The Summer League was also extended a day this year to afford each team a second day off. All teams will still play five games.
It will also be the second year a champion will be determined. Standings will be based on a point system with points awarded to teams for winning the game and then for each quarter they win. The Thunder won the league last year behind a strong performance from Jeremy Lamb.
The highest draft pick making the trip to Orlando, as things stand now, will be the Sixers’ third pick overall. The Magic have the fourth pick in the Draft.
Summer League is the chance to see a team’s young players go out and perform and put some of their practice to work. You will also see a lot of veterans trying to make rosters and impress management. The Magic’s Summer League roster will be released about a week before the league begins. We already know that Romero Osby and Dewayne Dedmon are likely to play for the Magic. Expect Orlando’s fourth and 12th overall picks in the Draft to be on the team too. Victor Oladipo is also a likely candidate to play on this year’s team.
Orlando will kick off Summer League action against Philadelphia at 3 p.m. on July 7. The Magic then play the Rockets on July 9 at 5 p.m., the Grizzlies on July 10 at 3 p.m. and the Celtics on July 10 at 5 p.m.