Summer League Magic Player Preview: Kim English
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 Kim English?
The 6′ 6″ shooting guard from Baltimore, Maryland is seeking to land on another NBA roster. As a Missouri Tiger, Kim English earned the Outstanding Player award for the Big 12 Tournament that Mizzou won in his 2011-2012 senior season. English averaged 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, and 1.6 apg on 52.1 FG%, 72.5 FT%, and 45.9 3PT%. Kim was selected 44th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2012 Draft. His first and only season in the Association – which included D-League stints – saw English play 41 games and averaging 2.9 ppg on 37.5 FG% and 28.0 3PT% at 9.9 minutes per contest. You can see why he wasn’t retained after that ’12-’13 campaign.
Kim is by all accounts a popular individual. English is known for overcoming stuttering problems when he was younger which led to him obtaining leadership qualities that intrigue front offices. In the 2013 offseason the 25-year-old signed in Italy with Montepaschi Siena before departing in mid-November and then heading to France to join Chorale Roanne for the remainder of the ’13-’14 campaign. In 22 games with Roanne, Kim averaged 11.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, and 1.9 apg at about 26 minutes per contest.