Summer League Magic Player Preview: Vernon Macklin
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 Vernon Macklin?
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There we go. 27-year-old Vernon Macklin is the elder statesman of the Magic’s Summer League squad. The 6′ 10″ big man is a native of Virginia where he finished prep school at Hargrave Military Academy. Macklin played his first two college seasons at Georgetown before transferring to the University of Florida for two seasons under Billy Donovan. His 2010-2011 senior season with the Gators was his best as Macklin averaged 11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 0.7 bpg on 59.3 FG% in 37 games at 24.5 minutes per contest. He’s never been a good free throw shooter, being a career 45.4% shooter from the charity stripe his entire college career.
Vernon was selected 52nd overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2011 Draft. He only played in 23 games in the ’11-’12 season averaging 2.0 ppg and 1.5 rpg on 54.3 FG% and 57.1 FT% at 5.9 minutes per contest while also spending some time in the D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Vernon wasn’t retained by the Pistons and Macklin found himself flying around the globe playing basketball. He spent late 2012 in Turkey, then spent a months with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers back in the D-League.
In February 2013, Macklin balled in the Philippines. He played for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel who he helped get to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals where they were swept in the best of five series. In December 2013, V-MACK continued his career in China where he played with the Liaoning Flying Dragons. In 7 games, Macklin averaged 12.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He hasn’t played a game in several months. This is an opportunity to revive his NBA dreams.