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Magic-Rockets Summer League Postgame Interviews

2014 July 7

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The Orlando Magic put on a masterful defensive performance against the Houston Rockets, and Wes Unseld Jr. wasn’t shy to commend his guys on a job well done. Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton reflected on how relaxed they were with the NBA style of play in comparison to their debuts. Devyn Marble is a very confident individual who doesn’t get nervous for anything. Ever.

 

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Below are interviews from Wes Unseld Jr, Devyn Marble, and Elfrid Payton.

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Magic Dispatch Rockets for 2nd Consecutive Summer League Win

2014 July 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic are 2-0 in Summer League after dispatching of the Houston Rockets 87-69 in what was a comfortable victory. The Magic’s defense proved stifling, holding Houston to 32.4 FG% and 19.2 3PT% (5-of-26). Orlando was led by its rookies as Elfrid Payton posted 12 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds on 5-of-5 shooting. Aaron Gordon contributed 9 points and 7 rebounds. Dewayne Dedmon tallied 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals.

Kadeem Batts has had back-to-back great outings as he posted 10 points and 7 rebounds against Houston. Seth Curry poured in 10 points off the bench (2-of-5 on 3s).

  • Victor Oladipo didn’t suit up for the contest. He joined Maurice Harkless on the Magic’s bench as an observer. Vic was very vocal and supportive throughout the contest. That meant Elfrid Payton started and he looked infinitely more confident than on Saturday.
  • Payton was the main reason Orlando began the game on a 10-3 run with some great dribbling, drives and finishes in the paint, and a few wonderful alley oop passes to Dewayne Dedmon.
  • No Oladipo saw Seth Curry receive point guard minutes, and he had some fun pick-and-roll plays run successfully between himself and Kadeem Batts.
  • Cameron Jones saw his first Summer League action as he displayed a smooth floater and midrange jumper game.
  • Orlando’s defense was outstanding as they held the Rockets to 18.8 FG% (3-of-16). Magic led 23-11 after one quarter.
  • Josh Magette and Luke Hancock made their Magic season debuts in the 2nd quarter. Orlando’s ball movement flowed wonderfully with Aaron Gordon being utilized a lot in side court pick-and-rolls. #00 punished Houston with drives to the hole and a few jump shot makes.
  • Devyn Marble played PG and SG at Iowa, only to see him perform magnificently on both ends at small forward for the Magic for a second straight game.
  • Orlando went up by nineteen points in the 2nd quarter thanks to Aaron Gordon’s powerful And-1 finish against a double team and then Elfrid Payton finding open room in the lane and throwing down a vicious 2-hand jam. These kids can fly.
  • Payton finished the half with two offensive rebounds and two putback lay-ups in the final seconds of the first half.
  • Orlando won the 2nd quarter as well, and led Houston 54-31 at the break. Elfrid had 9 points, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, and 3 rebounds at halftime. Aaron tallied 9 points and 6 rebounds. Batts and Marble each posted eight and seven points apiece.
  • Orlando had trouble scoring in the 3rd period as Houston won the third period 18-11 and only trailed 65-49 entering the fourth period.
  • Dewayne Dedmon opened up the fourth quarter with a great And-1 take to the hole as Orlando kept a comfortable cushion down the stretch.
  • Orlando claimed 7 points by winning the first, second, and fourth quarters along with the game. They’re at 13 points total in the standings.

 

Scott Suggs came into the contest in the final 1:37 of the game. So that means Kendrick Perry is the only guy on Orlando’s Summer League roster not to play yet in the first two games. The Magic will face the Memphis Grizzlies at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Magic Sign Channing Frye to 4-Year Deal

2014 July 7
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan has kept himself busy during Summer League. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Magic have agreed to terms to a 4-year, $32 million contract with Channing Frye.

 

 

The 31-year-old Frye spent his last 4 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Last season in 82 starts with the Suns, Frye averaged 11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 1.2 apg at 43.2 FG%, 82.1 FT%, and 37.0 3PT% on 28.2 minutes per contest. Frye missed the entire ’12-’13 campaign following a procedure to alleviate his enlarged heart condition. The 6′ 11″ shooter made $6.4 million in ’13-’14 with Phoenix, so $8 million per season in Orlando is a bump in salary for the Arizona Wildcats product. Aaron Gordon also went to Arizona. Tobias Harris is Frye’s cousin.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

 

Magic-Sixers Summer League Postgame Interviews

2014 July 5

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The Orlando Magic got off on the correct foot on Saturday, winning their first Summer League contest against the Philadelphia 76ers. Magic Assistant Coach Wes Unseld Jr. is at the helm as Head Coach, and seemed to be pleased overall with his team’s energy and defensive output in securing the win. Victor Oladipo discussed how his fellow rookies performed, his love of the BIG 10 and how he weighed 230 pounds by the end of his rookie season and now weighs 210 pounds. Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton talked about their offensive jitters, and just getting acclimated to their new environments.

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Below you’ll find more interviews from Elfrid Payton, Wes Unseld Jr., and Roy Devyn Marble.

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Magic Begin Summer League with Win Over Sixers

2014 July 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Augustine Rubit

2014 July 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Augustine Rubit?

The 6′ 7″ forward has accomplished a lot in the Sun Belt Conference and for South Alabama. Rubit is the league’s all-time leading rebounder, the Jaguars’ all-time leader in career double-doubles, he was the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2011, 2-time First Team All-Sun Belt in 2012 and 2013, as well as the 2012-2013 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. In that Junior campaign, Augustine tallied 19.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg, and 1.2 apg on 47.5 FG% and 79.8 FT% in 29 games at 33.4 minutes per contest. At this point in his college career, Rubit had never even made a 3-pointer. That would change in his final season as he would add the long ball to his repertoire to gain versatility.

A native from Houston, Texas, Augustine couldn’t quite live up to his Junior season levels. In his final Jaguar campaign, Rubit posted 17.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.5 bpg, and 1.4 apg on 45.0 FG% and 35.0 3PT% in 28 games at 32. 1 minutes per contest. Augustine mixed it up a lot in the post and on the perimeter as a PF and SF. It’ll be interesting to see what position he plays for the Magic. We’ll know quickly if Augustine’s size and lateral mobility is suitable for the professional level.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Scott Suggs

2014 July 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

 

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Scott Suggs?

At 24 years old, Suggs played all four of his college seasons with the PAC-12′s Washington Huskies. Scott’s 2012-2013 senior season was by far his best, especially from a minutes perspective. In 31 games, Suggs tallied 12.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, and 1.3 apg on 42.4 FG%, 87.1 FT%, and 38.7 3PT% at 30.8 minutes per contest.

The 6’6″ guard recently played 47 games with the NBDL’s Erie Bayhawks – the team that Orlando now has a sole affiliation with – last season, averaging 18.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 1.0 spg, on 47.6 FG% and 40.3 3PT% at 36.7 minutes per contest. He’s deceptively explosive, but I don’t know if his size translates well against NBA athleticism. He’s one of 11 guards on the Magic’s roster, so he’s going to truly have to be special if he wants to see a lot of court minutes.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Darrius Williams

2014 July 5
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Darrius Williams?

The Detroit, Michigan native is probably the least known Magic Summer League invitee of the group. You can’t find YouTube basketball clips of him, not even DraftExpress has a profile on this guy. Williams played for Division II Morehouse College. The Magic don’t even know when his official date of birth is. His favorite NBA teams are the Detroit Pistons and Miami Heat. Darrius’ favorite basketball athlete is LeBron James. So I don’t know whether I should poke fun at him for being a bandwagon guy or not. Williams’ favorite hobby is ‘working out’, he likes all foods, and I approve of his taste in music, so he redeemed himself a bit. The Magic brought in his former teammate Andrae Nelson to last year’s Summer League.

“Orlando had been inquiring about Darrius all year long,” said Morehouse basketball coach, Grady Brewer ’80. “They need a point guard. They thought he fit the mold of what they were looking for. They like tough kids down in Orlando, and they believe Darrius is one of those kids.

“He has an old-school type of game and really has an opportunity to play at the next level, be it in the NBA or overseas,” Brewer said. “He’s tough, competitive and can truly play the game.”

In a somewhat Darrell Armstrong fashion, Darrius was All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference in football as a defensive back in 2010 and 2011 only to follow up with those honors in basketball for both 2013 and 2014. In 17 games that the Maroon Tiger played his senior season – he only played in the second semester of the ’13-’14 season – the 6′ 3″ guard averaged 21.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, and 1.4 spg on 48.3 FG%, 70.0 FT%, and 35.1 3PT% at 36.9 minutes per contest. He’s a pure athlete who brings some intriguing Detroit grit and workmanship.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Kendrick Perry

2014 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Kendrick Perry?

Listed at 6-foot, Perry was born in Ocoee, FL and went to Edgewater High School. So we have ourselves a native. The 21-year-old guard went to Youngstown State where he was 3 times named to the Horizon All-League First Team and twice to the Horizon League’s All-Defensive Team. Kendrick has been praised for having the best Penguins basketball career in school history. Perry owns YSU’s scoring record (1,991 points) and the Horizon League record for most steals (246).

He’s a Rob Hennigan guy for sure. Won YSU’s Student Athlete of the Year award last year. Kendrick improved his game every year in school. In his senior season, he averaged 22.1 ppg, 4.4 apg, 4.2 rpg, and 2.3 spg on 50.1 FG%, 72.5 FT%, and 34.1 3PT% in 29 games at 38.1 minutes per contest. Here’s an hour-long soundless highlight reel. Perry went undrafted on June 26th, but his athleticism has him on NBA teams’ radars. His 6′ 6″ wingspan doesn’t hurt either.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Vernon Macklin

2014 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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?

My bad. Let’s try that again.

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.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Cameron Jones

2014 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Cameron Jones?

The 6′ 4″ guard will find comfort in knowing he’ll be teaming up with Dedmon and Seth Curry. All three spent time together at various points last season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League. Jones went to Northern Arizona – he’s the school’s all-time leading scorer - where Cameron was All-Big Sky First Team in his junior and senior years. His cousin is Landry Fields. Jones went undrafted in 2011.I

He was in the Miami Heat’s training camp for four days in December 2011 following the lockout before getting cut. The 25-year-old spent a season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants where he was All-NBDL First Team in ’11-’12, and has been with Santa Cruz since 2012. He earned the D-League’s Most Improved Player award in ’12-’13 which led to Cam getting a Summer League invite with Golden State in Vegas last summer. The Warriors won the NBA Summer League title which led to a training camp invite with GSW. Despite praises for bettering his game, Jones was cut prior to the ’13-’14 regular season and he returned to Santa Cruz once more.

In 54 games with Santa Cruz last season, Cam averaged 20.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, and 1.3 spg at 46.3 FG%, 85.2 FT%, and 40.4 3PT% in 36 minutes per contest. Jones is playing the best basketball in his life and it’ll be intriguing to see if Cam can keep it up for the Magic.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Luke Hancock

2014 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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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 OladipoDewayne 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 Luke Hancock?

The 24-year-old from Roanoke, Virginia will no doubt be one of the most talked about undrafted prospects at the Orlando Summer League. The 6′ 7″ Small Forward actually began his college career at George Mason University from 2009 to 2011 – where he had clutch moments there too – before transferring to Louisville and playing his Junior and Senior seasons for Rick Pitino’s Cardinals. Hancock was actually named team captain before he even played a minute for Louisville. That’s says a lot right there.

He only averaged 7.7 ppg in his 2012-2013 campaign as a reserve, but Hancock knew to show up when it really mattered. Luke helped Louisville win the Big East Tournament and then the NCAA Championship while claiming the Final Four Most Outstanding Player trophy in the process. He was the first bench player in the Tourney to ever win that honor. Hancock dropped 20 points in the semifinal against Wichita State. Luke is best known for scoring 12 consecutive points in the first half of the Final against Michigan, finishing with 22 points on 5-of-5 from 3-point range.

This guy has the clutch gene. You can’t teach that. It may not look pretty, but Luke’s not afraid to put the ball on the floor and punish defenders who play the 3-point line too closely. His shooting percentages fell from his junior to senior season. Part of the reason may be Hancock having to adapt to more shooting reps and dealing with defenses being more honed in on him. No one knows what to expect from Hancock when he’s on the court with a bunch of prospects starving to make it into the NBA. If he can hold his own on both ends, he’ll have several franchises interested in signing him.

 

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor.