Magic core finish Summer League strong

On the final day of Summer League, the Magic are platooning everyone they can and trying to fight hard one last day. And their core is leading the way.

Elfrid Payton filled the stat sheet again with 18 points and eight assists. Victor Oladipo was solid with 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting. And Aaron Gordon has had his best offensive game with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting, finding his offense on pick and rolls and cuts to the rim.

The efficient offensive performance led to a 96-87 win in the Summer League finale.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 96 Pace: 83.0 115.7 54.5 18.4 10.0 51.5
Detroit 87 Final 105.9 52.3 25.0 16.6 35.4

The Magic’s defense was very solid once again despite a lack of size with Romero Osby and Dewayne Dedmon sitting out this finale. It was Orlando’s best effort probably since the win over Houston on Monday.

With Romero Osby and Dewayne Dedmon out with injuries and several other players headed to Las Vegas to play in the NBA’s Summer League there, Orlando had only eight players. That has moved Aaron Gordon to the power forward position and sometimes the center position for parts of the game.

But they played valiantly and hard despite the lack of size, making it up for it with steals and defense.


Magic continue search for offense

The Magic drafted Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton for their defensive acumen and playmaking. They were not going to be scorers, not initially at least. That part would take time. Still, the point of the game is to put the ball in the basket. You need to score to win. And when you miss opportunities […]

Celtics outlast Magic

The Celtics stuck with a solid gameplan and hit some clutch shots as they defeated the Magic 76-67 with a strong fourth quarter. Orlando simply could not hit a shot when things began to matter most despite some stellar play from Elfrid Payton and his near triple double.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Boston 76 Pace: 84.4 90.0 38.0 22.0 11.8 36.6
Orlando 67 Final 85.0 41.0 37.8 18.3 29.9

The Magic ended up shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and just 12 of 20 from the foul line. A large rebounding advantage from the first half was completely erased by the continued missed shots and 17 turnovers.

Payton though continued to be a bright spot for Orlando. He nearly recorded a triple double, scoring eight points to go with nine rebounds and 10 assists.

The Magic finished 2-2 heading into Friday’s Championship Day at the Summer League.

Victor Oladipo is sitting out today’s game.

Magic Wands: vs. Celtics

Orlando, Fla.

(2-1, 14 pts.) vs. (2-1, 15 pts.)   
Time/TV: 5 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 77; Magic 87, Rockets 69; Grizzlies 80, Magic 73; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Boston 88.9 95.2 100.0 46.7 22.8 16.1 37.4
Orlando 81.0 100.1 90.9 51.1 28.3 18.2 41.4

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Magic find their shooter — Channing Frye

While the Magic were playing their Summer League game, they got some serious help for the rookies that were playing on the floor — well, at least one of them was on the sideline Monday in a blue Magic polo. Rob Hennigan was noticeably absent from the Amway Center to secure the services of this […]


Physical Grizzlies flatten Magic

The Magic had things relatively easy in their first two games. At least from a physical standpoint. The Sixers and Rockets work from the outside in with guards dominating play. Nerlens Noel is not quite a bruiser at his health and ability level. Not like Jarnell Stokes or Jack Cooley. The Grizzlies are a different […]

Channing Frye’s contract decreases over time

“The four-year, $32 million agreement between the Orlando Magic and power forward Channing Frye will become more friendly to the team’s payroll figure as Frye’s tenure progresses.

According to an industry source with knowledge of the agreement, the Magic and Frye have structured the deal in such a way that Frye’s annual salary will be at its highest during the 2014-15 season but will decrease by 4.5 percent each season after that.”

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

The Magic are expected to announce they have signed Channing Frye on Thursday or Friday. Reports have his contract at four-years, $32 million. What the decreasing salary means is that his contract will be front-loaded with his highest salary coming this upcoming season. He will be paid an estimated $8.6 million this season.

Magic fall to Grizzlies

The Magic lost their first Summer League game of the season 80-73 on Tuesday at Amway Center.

Orlando struggled to get a consistent offensive effort with guards Victor Oladipo and Kim English struggling to put the ball in the basket and score. The Grizzlies defense was tenacious, forcing Magic ballhandlers into traps and preventing the easy baskets and smooth offensive movement we have seen the last two days.

The Magic were much more lethargic and out of sync today then they have been the first two games of the week. The effort is there, just not the energy and attention to detail from the last two days. Maybe a long week of practice is catching up to them. Memphis has controlled the pace and tempo most of the way after Orlando jumped out to an early lead.

Score Time Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 73 Final 95.7 49.0 19.2 20.9 53.9
Memphis 80 Pace: 77.9 102.7 45.3 40.6 16.5 42.2

Orlando got a solid performance from rookie Elfrid Payton on the offensive end as he has continued to look patient and comfortable finding the right moments to attack. He exploded to the rim and found some nice passes in the first half. He has scored six points and dished out three assists.


Magic Wands: vs. Grizzlies

Orlando, Fla.

(2-0, 13 pts.) vs. (1-1, 10 pts.)   
Time/TV: 3 p.m./NBATV
Line: No Line
Tickets: Closed to Public
Summer League Schedule: Magic 83, 76ers 77; Magic 87, Rockets 69; Tuesday vs. Memphis; Thursday vs. Boston; Friday is Championship Day

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 83.8 101.5 85.5 51.9 31.8 17.5 36.6
Memphis 83.4 99.5 90.5 43.0 31.3 13.0 37.8

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Defense does it for Magic

When the Magic drafted Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, he talked seemingly unendingly about the team’s defensive potential. The Magic were banking a good chunk of their rebuild on being able to stop the other team from scoring. The offense would come later — or in the form of the Magic’s latest free agent signing, […]