The Magic are reportedly getting their own D-League affiliate next season in Erie, Pa. And they did not use the D-League at all this year (or really, ever). But, hey, we have time to kill.
Saturday, the Magic’s D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, won the D-League title with a 119-113 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Mad Ants broke a 113-113 tie behind Ron Howard’s go-ahead jumper. That saved Fort Wayne from giving up a 20-point lead in Game Two, which turned out to be the decisive game. Detroit second-round draft pick Tony Mitchell had 32 points in the clinching victory.
The Magic shared the Mad Ants as a D-League affiliate with the Bobcats, Pistons, Pacers, Grizzlies and Bucks. They are expected to have their own D-League affiliate next year.