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Exclusive Report: Orlando Magic Sign Devyn Marble

2014 July 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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A source close to the situation confirms that the Orlando Magic have signed Devyn Marble. Terms of the agreement are unknown at this time, but an official team announcement is expected this weekend. The 56th overall Draft selection being signed, along with the expected official signings of Channing Frye and Ben Gordon, means the Magic roster will currently be at 14 players.

The 21-year-old 6′ 6″ Iowa Hawkeyes alum played in all five Orlando Summer League contests. Devyn saw time at four court positions. Marble averaged 9.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, and 1.2 spg on 37.2 FG% (16-of-43)  and 31.3 3PT% (5-of-16). Marble proved capable of contributing defense and rebounding even if his jump shot was not falling. His confidence and great character make this another quality Rob Hennigan signing.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Elfrid Payton finds Victor Oladipo on the alley-oop

2014 July 11
by Andrew Melnick

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Playing with just eight players in their 96-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, the Orlando Magic finally showed their fans something they have been begging to see all week – Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo playing in the back court together.

The duo made it worth the wait in the second half when Payton got a steal and found Oladipo on an alley-oop.

Payton had 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the victory while Oladipo poured in a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Magic Dazzle Against Detroit to Conclude Summer League

2014 July 11
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic were seeking to conclude the Orlando Summer League on a high note on ‘Championship Day’. The Magic saved their best for last as they put together a very impressive performance versus the Detroit Pistons and won 96-87 to claim 5th place in the ten-team competition with a 3-2 record.

Victor Oladipo led all players in scoring with 22 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Elfrid Payton amazed with 18 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Devyn Marble concluded an impressive week with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Aaron Gordon finished the event on a high note with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Magic shot 50 percent from the field. Orlando had 18 assists on only 9 turnovers.

 

  • The Magic’s 8 available players were Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Devyn Marble, Vernon Macklin, Josh Magette, Seth Curry, and Kendrick Perry.
  • Romero Osby was present, but didn’t play. Meanwhile, Dewayne Dedmon was in a walking boot for precautionary reasons. Everyone else previously on the Magic roster were in Las Vegas to join their other Summer League team.
  • Orlando started Gordon at Center, Marble at PF, Curry at SF, Oladipo at SG, and Payton at PG. Detroit had plenty of size advantages.
  • Central Florida local Kendrick Perry finally made his Summer League at the 3:19 mark of the 1st quarter. The Edgewater High School product from Youngstown State University was able to get to the basket at will.
  • Magic Coach Wes Unseld Jr. was very heavy on the substitutions considering he only had 8 guys to use. It led for some crazy position shifts. Elfrid and Marble both saw time at PF, having to guard guys like Brian Cook and Justin Harper.
  • Orlando won the first quarter 23-20 on 56.2 FG% thanks to some great passing by Elfrid and some outstanding athletic finishes at the rim from guys like Perry, Marble, and 2-hand rim rocker by Oladipo.
  • Early in the 2nd period, Elfrid connected on an alley oop dunk wtih Aaron then immediately got a steal that led to an aggressive jab step transition take to the rim that led to free throws. Payton quickly followed that up with about 20-foot jumper that he swished.
  • Elfrid was putting on a show. From post-up moves against guys taller than him to Payton continuing to display his outrageous court vision.
  • Orlando won the 2nd quarter as well and led Detroit 52-43 at halftime behind the Magic’s 51.5 FG%. Elfrid led all scorer with 13 points to go with 4 assists and 2 steals. Devyn Marble had 9 points and 5 rebounds.
  • Oladipo drained a 3-pointer on an off-ball screen to open the second half. A pleasant sight to see for those believing Vic will is better as a shooting guard.
  • Orlando broke open the game with some outstanding distribution and ball protection. Gordon, Payton, Oladipo, Curry and Marble were all in double figures by the end of the third period.
  • The Magic took the 3rd quarter as well and entered the 4th quarter leading 82-62. The most points Orlando had scored prior to today in a Summer League game was when they dropped 87 points on Houston.
  • The 4th quarter saw former Magic guys DeAndre Liggins and Justin Harper helped chip away at Orlando’s lead. Liggins impressed especially as he played a lot of point guard.
  • At around the 3-minute mark, Elfrid in transition found a soaring Oladipo for an emphatic alley oop jam as a cherry on top to a productive week.

 

With Summer League concluded, there are no more games for Magic players until training camp begins in a few months.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Magic-Celtics Summer League Postgame Interviews

2014 July 10

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Aaron Gordon was still very upbeat following another shaky performance in an Orlando Magic loss. Wes Unseld Jr. doesn’t have any clue who he’ll have available for Friday’s Summer League finale, except that Victor Oladipo will indeed play and Dewayne Dedmon won’t. Elfrid Payton talked a lot about Marcus Smart and their bond. Seth Curry seems to be hearing great things from Magic coaches, but he’ll still play for the Phoenix Suns at Vegas Summer League.

 

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Below you’ll find interviews from Wes Unseld Jr., Elfrid Payton, and Aaron Gordon. 

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Magic Lose to Marcus Smart and Boston Celtics

2014 July 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic dropped their second consecutive game at Summer League, falling to the Boston Celtics 76-67. Marcus Smart looked bad in the first three periods, but made it count in the final quarter. Smart led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting.. The Magic were led by Seth Curry‘s 15 points off the bench. Kadeem Batts was the only other Orlando player in double figures with 10 points.

Aaron Gordon tallied 7 points and 8 rebounds on 3-of-10 shooting. Elfrid Payton poured in 8 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 7 turnovers. Payton has definitely appeared much sharper than Aaron as the week has progressed. Devyn Marble may have shot 0-for-6 from the field, but grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 2 assists. Orlando shot 37.3 FG% while Boston managed 32.4%. The Magic won the rebound battle 46-32.

 

  • Victor Oladipo and Dewayne Dedmon did not suit up for the Magic, while Romero Osby did after resting his right shoulder on Tuesday. Kelly Olynyk didn’t dress for Boston.
  • The Magic started Kadeem Batts, Romero Osby, Aaron Gordon, Kim English, and Elfrid Payton.
  • All eyes were on the Elfrid Payton and Marcus Smart considering Smart was in consideration for the Magic’s #4 draft selection.
  • Orlando’s ball movement looked good early as Elfrid connected with Aaron Gordon for an alley oop lay-up to open the contest, but Boston quickly turned up the pressure and the Magic so their spacing issues continue from Tuesday.
  • The seriousness of every quarter was evident as Wes Unseld Jr. called a timeout with the Magic down 1 with 1.2 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Celtics took the crucial first period 15-14 despite Boston only shooting 33.3 FG%.
  • Early in the second quarter, Aaron got a rebound and went coast-to-coast and drilled a runner off the glass. He’s going to come up with numerous athletic sequences like that in the coming years.
  • Seth Curry was getting point guard and shooting guard minutes and he was knocking down some deep jumpers in the 2nd period. Curry led all scorers with 11 points at the break.
  • Orlando won the second quarter and enjoyed a 32-29 lead at halftime. Osby added 6 points while Aaron Gordon was definitely playing better than on Tuesday. Gordon had 4 points and 5 boards. Elfrid didn’t attempt a shot but had 4 assists and 5 boards. Devyn Marble went 0-for-4, but he contributed 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Boston shot only 25.7 FG% and were out-rebounded by the Magic 30-13. Orlando had 13 offensive rebounds.
  • The Magic pushed the lead to double digits thanks to two masterful drives by Elfrid that led to a runner and a lay-up. Payton was abusing Phil Pressey and getting to his spots on the court whenever. Just phenomenal quickness and vision.
  • Celtics went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the third period to cut Orlando’s lead to just 1 point as the Celtics were able to get out in transition.
  • Orlando was able to stabilize with the help of Elfrid, Cam Jones, and Vernon Macklin being the Magic’s best center option.
  • The Magic lost the 3rd quarter but still led Boston 50-49 entering the 4th quarter.
  • The 4th quarter didn’t get much better as Orlando struggled to find their offense as Boston eeked out the victory behind Marcus Smart waking up when it mattered most.

 

As far as the standings go, the Magic have 16 points total after four games, and will play in the 5th-6th place contest on Championship Day early Friday morning.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Amway Center Magic Parquet Court Gets Fresh Look

2014 July 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

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While the Orlando Summer League approaches its conclusion at the Amway Center practice court, the Magic’s parquet floor is going through an offseason regiment of its own. FOX Sports Florida’s Paul Kennedy tweeted out some very nice photos of the main court – with the basketball stands and courtside seats and tables have been removed – being revitalized for the upcoming 2014-2015 campaign. You can see a very new shiny coat of paint has been applied.

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

 

Channing Frye’s 4-Year Deal Has Annual Salary Decreases

2014 July 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel is reporting some decent news for Orlando Magic fans who believe that soon-to-be free agent signing Channing Frye is being overpaid.

Based on those facts, Frye is projected to make $8,560,707 in ’14-’15. $8,175,476 in ’15-’16, $7,807,579 in ’16-’17, and $7,456,238 in the 2017-2018 campaign to complete the 4-year deal. Once Frye and Ben Gordon officially sign – that begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 10th – their contracts, then the Magic payroll for their 13 men will be at $50.1 million. That’s still $6.5 million shy of reaching the salary floor.

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.
Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

Kyle O’Quinn Takes Over Magic’s Twitter Account, Shenanigans Ensue

2014 July 9

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Wednesday at 5 p.m. found Orlando Magic big man Kyle O’Quinn at Amway Center for Summer League action and taking over the Orlando Magic’s official Twitter account for a full hour. KOQ answered questions that Magic fans were yearning to ask. The Q & A started normal and bland enough.

Oh there are beard secrets. ‘Beard Be Free’ showed respect to Nerlens Noel’s Summer League play. Shared his love of Disney and its dining options.  Unlike Kevin Garnett, O’Quinn likes Europeans. KG is his basketball idol though. Kyle thinks Nikola Vucevic is the funniest guy on the team. Just like the rest of the basketball world, Kyle admires Victor Oladipo and his competitiveness. Toronto is Kyle’s favorite road city to explore. Biggest moment in his NBA career so far is blocking Joe Johnson. O’Quinn is working on his jump shot this offseason. We also found out who won Kyle’s beard remains that he shaved off for charity.  

 

Below you’ll find the Twitter conversation shifting towards the much more random and funny. read more…

How NBA Official Salary Cap Numbers Affect Orlando

2014 July 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The NBA has announced the official salary cap numbers for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. How does that affect the Orlando Magic?

The great news is that the $63.065 million salary cap – bumped up 7.5% from last year – is only $135,000 less than what has been estimated, so none of the 30 NBA teams should be caught off guard by this figure. Thanks to the slicing and dicing that Magic GM Rob Hennigan has done over the past 2 years, Orlando fans don’t need to worry about their team surpassing the salary cap. Looking at current Magic salaries – assuming Orlando is signing Ben Gordon to $4.5 million and Channing Frye to $8 million per season – Orlando is at $49.5 million in salary for the ’14-’15 campaign. That puts the team about $7.2 million shy of reaching the salary floor.

What is the salary floor? It just means that the League mandates every NBA franchise needs to have their payroll at least up to 90% of the salary cap – 90% of $63.065 mil is $56.759 mil – or else be penalized at the end of the season.  Per the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, there isn’t really any penalty for being under the salary floor except that at the end of the season the Magic would have to distribute the amount of money that they are under the salary floor to the players they have on the roster. So at worst, the Magic are divvying up bonus funds to their players until they get to the $56.759 million needed to appease the Association. With that said, I would expect the Magic to sign one more veteran. Most likely it will be a point guard to help mentor the young guards. Being under the salary floor is a lot better than going over the luxury level as the Brooklyn Nets are demonstrating.

Barring something strange happening, I don’t anticipate Hennigan needing to use the Mid-Level Exception this offseason to sign a player because – as explained above – the Magic are under the salary floor and it doesn’t appear that Rob will be seeking to sign a big name free agent to a monstrous deal (which could then bring the MLE into play). Maybe next year. Counting Frye, Ben, and Dewayne Dedmon while excluding unsigned second round draft pick Devyn Marble for now, that means Orlando is at this moment at a 13-man roster. The NBA moratorium period ends at 12:01 a.m. this Thursday morning July 10th, which means this new salary cap goes into existence and free agents can officially sign on the dotted line of their rumored contracts.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek

 

Rafer Alston Reflects on Magic Days

2014 July 9
by Adam Papageorgiou

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In a wonderfully well done exclusive piece by SLAM Magazine, Rafer Alston discussed his brief stint with the Orlando Magic that included a surprise trip to the 2009 NBA Finals. The streetball legend usually referred to as ‘Skip To My Lou’ also didn’t hesitate to display how grateful he was for the opportunities given to him by Stan Van Gundy.

Alston’s successful run in Houston ended with a trade-deadline deal to Orlando in ’09, where he provided essential depth to the Magic. Rafer took over the starting PG spot from injured All-Star Jameer Nelson and teamed up with Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy to lead the Magic to their second-ever Finals appearance. “That was an electric run we had in Orlando,” Alston says. “Me and Coach Van Gundy were a great match. I was grateful I got to make it to the NBA Finals.

Rafer was drafted 39th overall by the Bucks in the 1998 Draft. Alston didn’t get nearly enough playing time his first 3 seasons in Milwaukee. When SVG was awarded his first NBA Head Coach position with the Miami Heat for the ’03-’04 season, Stan didn’t hesitate to give Alston a chance to truly contribute to a franchise. Rafer had impressed in his half season stint with Raptors just months before. Skip played in all 82 games that season with Miami averaging 10.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.8 rpg, and 1.4 spg at 31.5 minutes per contest. Alston proved he wasn’t just all flash, but that he could be a floor general on a winning team.

Skip would return to Toronto again in the summer of 2004 as a free agent before being traded to the Rockets in October 2005 for Mike James. Houston Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy – who at the advice of brother Stan – believed that Rafer would be the ideal point guard for a Rockets team seeking for playoff glory with Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady leading the team. Though he averaged 12.6 ppg in four seasons in Houston, Rafer was never able to shoot 40 FG%. He proved to be an outstanding distributor and defender averaging 5.7 apg and 1.4 spg. The Rockets never did live up to their potential as Houston never was able to mount any postseason run. A lot of that was due to injuries to T-MAC and Yao.

February 19, 2009 was the date of the Skip-SVG reunion. The Magic were playing inconsistently having lost Jameer for what was perceived to be the rest of the regular season and playoffs just two weeks prior to the deal. Orlando got shellacked the evening before the trade at New Orleans, and GM Otis Smith decided to pull the trigger on a 3-team deal with Memphis and Houston. The Grizzlies sent Kyle Lowry to the Rockets. Houston sent Skip to O-Town with Brian Cook being shipped to the Rockets. Orlando dealt Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks, and a 2009 1st Round Draft pick that ended up becoming the 27th overall selection in DeMarre Carroll. It proved to be a rebirth for Rafer who at 32 years old was beginning to lose favor with Rockets Head Coach Rick Adelman as he was showing preference to a younger Aaron Brooks.

Alston started 28 of his 29 regular season starts with the Magic – becoming an instant hit filling in for Jameer at PG – averaging 12.0 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.9 rpg, and 1.8 spg on 41.3 FG% at 29.5 minutes per contest. The 6′ 2″ man proved a better passer in many aspects than the shorter Nelson. Rafer combined with rookie Courtney Lee to become quite the formidable defensive backcourt duo as the postseason arrived. Oh and what fantastic surprises those playoffs brought to the Central Florida community.

In the 2009 Finals run, Skip started 23 games – missing one because of the Eddie House slap hilarity – and averaged 12.2 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.4 rpg, and 1.4 spg on 38.0 FG%, 75.0 FT%, and 31.9 3PT%. At a glance, those percentages don’t look great. Checking the playoff game logs though and you see how crucial Rafer was in the majority of Orlando’s wins. Game 6 to close out the Sixers in the first round without Dwight. Game 4 against LeBron James and his Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Then there’s that Game 3 in the Finals he had despite Jameer returning and clearly causing SVG to make crucial minute allocation decisions:

In a flash it was over. Just days after the 4-1 Finals defeat at the hands of the Lakers, Rafer proved to be a victim of Hedo Turkoglu‘s free agency exit. Along with Tony Battie and Courtney Lee, Skip was dealt to the Nets for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson. In an instant, the team that had made the most successful postseason run in Magic franchise history was drastically changed forever. The trade also signified the rapid end to Rafer Alston’s NBA career. He hasn’t played a game in the league since 2010. But Rafer’s not bitter about it:

“People want a storybook ending, but the right time is when the player thinks so,” Alston philosophizes. “That was the right time for me. Once you approach 33, 34 in this League, you’re looked at like you’re a dinosaur unless you’re a Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. And they’re the exception because they’re on the Spurs—with the perfect team and the perfect coach.”

Magic fans should never forget the phenomenal 4-month ride Orlando’s beloved franchise went on. It all began with the acquisition of Rafer. It continued with Alston helping the Magic win 20 of their last 29 regular season contests to finish with a 59-23 record and claiming the 3rd spot in the East. Then the improbable upsets of Boston and Cleveland in the playoffs. The climax being Rafer’s fingerprints leaving their mark all over Orlando’s only Finals victory in its history. If Alston is not viewed as an important piece of that squad, then why do media and Magic fans continue to ponder and torture themselves over what would have happened in that Lakers series had Jameer not rushed back from his shoulder recovery? Respect to you, Rafer.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek 

 

Magic-Grizzlies Summer League Postgame Interviews

2014 July 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic found themselves dealing with defeat for the first time this week. Fatigue appeared to play a role as Magic representatives also mentioned how physical Memphis played. Aaron Gordon reiterated that he feels most comfortable as a Small Forward than a PF. Wes Unseld Jr. seems to agree at this moment. Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo both had bright moments, but each knows there’s a lot of improving that needs to occur.

 

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Below are interviews from Elfrid Payton, Wes Unseld Jr., and Victor Oladipo.

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Magic Fall to Memphis for 1st Summer League Loss

2014 July 8
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic played their first back-to-back in Summer League and it showed in both fatigue and sharpness. The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Magic 80-73 on Tuesday. Both teams shot around 42 FG%, but Memphis won the rebound battle 34-24. Aaron Gordon was 0-for-3, didn’t record a rebound, and tallied just 4 points on the day. Elfrid Payton performed better as he added 6 points, 3 assists and 2 steals off the bench.

Dewayne Dedmon ended up leading Orlando in scoring with 13 points as he got to the free throw line ten times. After resting on Monday, Victor Oladipo finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds but only managed a difficult 4-of-12 from the field as Memphis’ defense was very problematic to deal with. Jarnell Stokes had an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double in victory. Cameron Jones poured in 10 points and 3 assists off the bench.

 

  • The Magic started Dewayne Dedmon, Kadeem Batts, Aaron Gordon, Kim English, and Victor Oladipo.
  • Kadeem earned his start after averaging 10.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg in the first two contests. However, with Romero Osby being rested today due to a sore shoulder, Batts appeared to be having trouble keeping his man in front.
  • It was a tight first period until Cameron Jones, Devyn Marble, and Cam Jones again drilled consecutive Magic 3-pointers.
  • Elfrid Payton – coming off the bench again – hit a smooth right elbow jumpers to beat the buzzer and Orlando led 23-17 after one quarter. Orlando shot 50 FG% and 3-of-4 on 3-pointers in the period.
  • Elfrid managed to wow press row early in the second by blowing past 3 Grizzlies in transition and finishing with an impressive 2-hand jam as it looked like the Grizzlies had collapsed on him defensively.
  • Payton and Gordon displayed impressive swarming defense, including some very athletic rejections at the rim.
  • Credit Memphis’ defense for keeping Victor Oladipo relatively in check. Grizzlies’ physicality won the second quarter. Memphis led 41-39 at halftime as the Magic’s shooting percentage dropped to 40 FG% for the half. Cameron Jones was the Magic’s leading scorer with 8 points.
  • Orlando appeared very flat in the 3rd quarter and that meant the offense stagnated while Memphis continue to wear the Magic down on offense. Other than Elfrid’s vision and Cam Jones having a sturdy outing, the Magic appeared listless.
  • Magic lost the 3rd quarter and trailed 64-56 entering the fourth period. Cam Jones – who was Orlando’s best player at this point – was the only Magic man in double figures entering the fourth.
  • Aside from Elfrid finding Dedmon on an alley oop, Orlando continued to show a lack of offensive excitement up to the finish as they couldn’t cut into Memphis’ lead. The Magic did barely win the fourth quarter to obtain another crucial point.

 

The Magic have 15 points after three games. Orlando gets Wednesday off before taking on the Boston Celtics on Thursday at 5 p.m.

 

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