5 players to watch on the Orlando Magic Summer League
Injury Recovery: Devin Cannady
Devin Cannady’s 2022 season was about recovery.
He made the long climb to the NBA from Princeton and the G-Leauge in the 2021 season. He made his NBA debut and everyone seemed excited and eager to see him develop and grow. He had a real shot to make the roster.
Then he suffered a catastrophic injury. A fractured leg put him on the shelf and forced him to recover quietly. The Orlando Magic still believed. They kept him around, giving him a token spot on their exhibition roster and then a spot on the Lakeland Magic to continue recovering.
He returned in early 2022 and it felt like every moment on the court was a victory.
Then for the final five games of the season, he made it all the way back. He played for the Orlando Magic. And he, again, impressed, averaging 10.0 points per game and shooting 40.5-percent from beyond the arc on 7.5 3-point attempts per game.
Cannady fills a clear need as a shooter and he is well-liked, a reminder of how much hard work can get you.
But that is not the end of Cannady’s story. Nor should it be.
Cannady is a player and someone whom the Magic want to believe in. They gave him a multi-year contract before the season ended. He may not have a full guarantee for the 2023 season, but the Magic want him around.
The next part of his story is about his recovery and his return to normal. He very well could resume that upward trajectory. He has many of the skills that will help him stick around.
Orlando certainly will be leaning on Cannady to spread the floor as a shooter while the team is in Las Vegas. But the team needs to see him be a better playmaker and organizer as a point guard. If Cannady adds that part to his game, Orlando will have found a true diamond in the rough.
The exact thing everyone wants from a Summer League find.