Summer League Magic Player Preview: Josh Magette
The 2014 Orlando Summer League begins Saturday. We’ll be taking a look at some of the Magic’s squad invitees. The list is subject to change, but there are currently 19 men on Orlando’s roster. You already know about Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and last year’s second round selection Romero Osby who is back after being cut before the ’13-’14 season began and spending time in the D-League. As well as draft pick-ups Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble. We’ll peek at the rest.
Who is Josh Magette?
At 6’1” and 160 pounds, the diminutive lefty doesn’t seem to pass the eye test, but once he’s on the court his teammates compare him to the likes of Goran Dragic and Steve Nash for his ability to control the flow of a game and make the right plays on offense. A prototypical point guard, Magette just seems to make the players around him better.
The 24-year-old starred at Alabama-Huntsville where he led the team to back-to-back Division-II Elite-8 appearances in his junior and senior years and left as the school and conference’s all-time career assist leader (878). Following his collegiate career, Magette went on to play for Landstede Basketball, advancing all the way to the Dutch Championship Cup. After one season in Europe, he joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBDL for the 2013-2014 campaign in order to get more exposure stateside.
Josh Magette appeared in all 50 games (47 starts) for the D-Fenders and posted averages of 10.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals on 42.0 percent field goals and 37.7 percent on three-pointers. Magette led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.3) and ranked among the league leaders in three-point field goals made (84).
With the Magic waiving Ronnie Price earlier in the week, point guard depth is lacking on the current roster. His former coaches have praised his competitiveness and the fact that no matter where he plays his teams always seem to win. Magette should thrive in the transition-heavy Summer League atmosphere. Don’t be surprised to see him get a legitimate look from the Magic on account of his speed, toughness, and the fact that he is a highly skilled pick-and-roll player.
Spenser Strode is a basketball connoisseur and a contributing member to MBO.