Magic Begin Summer League with Win Over Sixers
The Orlando Magic kicked off Summer League with a 83-77 victory the Philadelphia 76ers. Under the points system, Orlando collected 6 points. Four from winning and two by winning the second and third quarters. Victor Oladipo played both point guard and shooting guard and led Orlando with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Roy Devyn Marble may have been the best Magic rookie on the day with 13 points off the bench. Elfrid Payton looked a bit shaky with 2 points, 5 assists, 3 boards, and 4 turnovers in his debut. Aaron Gordon did better tallying 7 points and 5 rebounds. Kadeem Batts and Romero Osby poured in eleven and ten points each respectfully. A lot of attention was on Philadelphia’s Nerlens Noel who had a strong debut as he posted 19 points.
Before the contest, Orlando revealed that Augustine Rubit, Darrius Williams, Matt Bouldin, and Asauh Dixon-Tatum were cut from the Magic’s Summer League roster. The squad now has 15 men on it. Though they didn’t play, Magic members Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, and Evan Fournier were in attendance at Amway Center’s practice court to watch their guys play. Them along with numerous Magic coaches and executives that included Jacque Vaughn and Rob Hennigan.
- The Magic started Dewayne Dedmon, Aaron Gordon, Romero Osby, Kim English, and Victor Oladipo
- It didn’t take long for Romero Osby to show off his jump shot. He scored Orlando’s first 4 points including a 3-ball from deep and made timely buckets at the small forward spot throughout the afternoon.
- Oladipo found himself playing point guard and shooting guard, as he quickly found rookie ‘Aar Gordon’ for his first dunk in transition.
- Roy Devyn Marble looked mighty solid at small forward when he checked in for Osby. Drained his first look from behind the arc and showed his speed on a transition lay-up.
- Kadeem Batts made an instant impact off the bench at the power forward position. Showing off his jumper and knack for getting to the charity stripe.
- Pierre Jackson had 7 points and was getting the better of Elfrid Payton before Pierre collapsed on a non-contact play and had to be carried off the court by his teammates. He’s been diagnosed with a torn right Achilles.
- Orlando trailed 22-23 after one quarter. Elfrid accumulated 3 turnovers. Oladipo and Gordon each had two. Orlando would settle down more the rest of the contest.
- Seth Curry and Kadeem Batts really stood out as great positives for the Magic in the 2nd quarter.
- The Magic won the second period and led 46-43 over Philly at halftime. Oladipo took over at the end the quarter and led the Magic in scoring with 9 points at the break. Curry, Osby, and Marble each had 8 points off the bench. Orlando shot 6-of-12 from 3-point range in the half which is a pleasant sight to behold.
- Elfrid finally got his first basket in the 3rd period on a nice drive and right lay-up. Overall though, Payton had trouble with double teams and seemed to upright too much with the ball.
- Marble’s back-to-back floater and dunk helped Orlando win the 3rd quarter and lead 65-57 entering the final period.
- Wes Unseld Jr. leaned heavily on a Dedmon-Osby-Marble-Curry-Oladipo lineup in the 4th period to clinch the victory.
- Aaron Gordon didn’t have the best offensive day, but this block was ridiculous. Gordon did show some great moves and versatility in the paint.
The Magic will have Sunday off before taking on the Houston Rockets on Monday at 5 p.m.