Summer League starts Saturday at Amway Center. Eight NBA teams will send their squads of rookies, young players and free agents for a week of games.
The Magic unveiled their roster Tuesday and it features some familiar names:
|Kadeem Batts||6-9||245||Providence (NCAA)|
|Matt Bouldin||6-5||224||Ft. Wayne (D-League)|
|Seth Curry||6-2||185||Santa Cruz (D-League)|
|Dewayne Dedmon||7-0||255||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
|Asauhn Dixon-Tatum||7-0||230||Auburn (NCAA)|
|Kim English||6-6||200||Chorale Roanne (France)|
|Aaron Gordon||6-9||220||Arizona (NCAA)|
|Luke Hancock||6-6||200||Louisville (NCAA)|
|Cameron Jones||6-4||185||Santa Cruz (D-League)|
|Vernon Macklin||6-10||227||Liaoning (China)|
|Josh Magette||6-1||160||Los Angeles (D-League|
|Devyn Marble||6-6||200||Iowa (NCAA)|
|Victor Oladipo||6-4||215||Orlando Magic (NBA)|
|Romero Osby||6-8||240||Maine (D-League)|
|Elfrid Payton||6-4||190||Louisiana-Lafayette (NCAA)|
|Kendrick Perry||6-0||180||Youngstown State (NCAA)|
|Augustine Rubit||6-7||220||South Alabama (NCAA)|
|Scott Suggs||6-6||195||Erie (D-League)|
|Darrius Williams||6-3||215||Morehouse College (NCAA)|
The Magic’s key players to watch in this Summer League are obviously rookies Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Roy Devyn Marble. Veteran Victor Oladipo will play at least a few of the games, but probably not all. Romero Osby also makes a return to the summer league roster after suffering an injury last year while playing in the D-League.
Notable summer league invitees include former Florida center Vernon Macklin along with Kim English and Luke Hancock. They were all big-time college stars who are just outside an NBA roster.
Remember too, the Magic could be looking for players to fill their D-League roster in Erie. It is very realistic that several of these players will remain in the Magic system in one way or the other. The team is expected to move quickly on its D-League operations now that the Draft is complete.
The Summer League team certainly will be a chance for several of the key young players to mesh with the new players. Playing alongside Oladipo is a great opportunity for Gordon and Payton especially.
Other than that, Orlando is looking for several players to fill in its roster. Particularly at small forward where there is an apparent lack of depth. Some of that might be addressed at free agency. But Rob Hennigan has not been afraid to use Summer League as a way to mine for unfound talent and give them their shot in training camp.
We will see what happens when Summer League kicks off Saturday.
The Magic’s Summer League schedule is as follows. All games will be aired on NBATV. Games at the Amway Center are closed to the public.
|July 5||vs. Philadelphia||1 p.m.|
|July 7||vs. Houston||5 p.m.|
|July 8||vs. Memphis||3 p.m.|
|July 10||vs. Boston||5 p.m.|
|July 11||Championship Day||TBD|