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Summer League Magic Player Preview: Kim English

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 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.

 

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

Jason Maxiell Waived by Magic

2014 July 4
by Adam Papageorgiou

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It has been anticipated, the Orlando Magic have officially waived Jason Maxiell as reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins.

Orlando waived Maxiell prior to July 10th, which means that Jason is owed none of the $2.5 million he would have made for the ’14-’15 season. The 31-year-old played in 34 games this past season, starting in 13 of those contests. Jason averaged 3.2 ppg and 2.5 rpg on 44.8 FG%. Those statistics are the worst seen from the 6’7″ 260-pounder since he was a rookie with the Detroit Pistons in ’05-’06. Jason will be seeking to play his 10th NBA season elsewhere.

 

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

 

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Josh Magette

2014 July 3
by Spenser Strode

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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 Josh Magette?

At 6’1” and 160 pounds, the diminutive lefty doesn’t seem to pass the eye test, but once he’s on the court his teammates compare him to the likes of Goran Dragic and Steve Nash for his ability to control the flow of a game and make the right plays on offense. A prototypical point guard, Magette just seems to make the players around him better.

The 24-year-old starred at Alabama-Huntsville where he led the team to back-to-back Division-II Elite-8 appearances in his junior and senior years and left as the school and conference’s all-time career assist leader (878). Following his collegiate career, Magette went on to play for Landstede Basketball, advancing all the way to the Dutch Championship Cup.  After one season in Europe, he joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBDL for the 2013-2014 campaign in order to get more exposure stateside.

Josh Magette appeared in all 50 games (47 starts) for the D-Fenders and posted averages of 10.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals on 42.0 percent field goals and 37.7 percent on three-pointers. Magette led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.3) and ranked among the league leaders in three-point field goals made (84).

With the Magic waiving Ronnie Price earlier in the week, point guard depth is lacking on the current roster. His former coaches have praised his competitiveness and the fact that no matter where he plays his teams always seem to win. Magette should thrive in the transition-heavy Summer League atmosphere. Don’t be surprised to see him get a legitimate look from the Magic on account of his speed, toughness, and the fact that he is a highly skilled pick-and-roll player.

 

Spenser Strode is a basketball connoisseur and a contributing member to MBO.

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Asauhn Dixon-Tatum

2014 July 3
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 Asauhn Dixon-Tatum?

The 23-year-old from Auburn University is the only other 7-footer aside from Dedmon on the Magic’s Summer League squad. The Anderson, Indiana native will be wearing #40 for Orlando. Asauhn’s statistics leave a lot to be desired, but he’s very confident he can make it in the NBA, and there’s room on the Magic roster for a shot blocker like Dixon-Tatum.

In 30 games with the Tigers in ’13-’14, Asauhn averaged 6.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 2.1 bpg on 57.5 FG% and 66.7 FT% at 22.5 minutes per contest. Large improvements made in comparison to his first season at Auburn in ’12-’13. Asauhn wasn’t nearly as involved in Auburn’s offense as he was back in his JUCO days. The guy doesn’t have a deeply scouted background, but he has the potential explosiveness and timing you want from a big guy who can swat shots and get easy buckets around the rim. If Dixon-Tatum proves to be a diamond in the rough, Dedmon better be careful.

 

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

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Seth Curry

2014 July 3
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 Seth Curry?

It seems like you can’t mention Seth without mentioning his father Dell Curry and his much more successful older brother Stephen Curry. Seth actually spent his first college year at Liberty University before transferring to Duke University. The 6′ 2″ combo guard was a member of the 2009 USA U-19 World Championship squad that won gold in New Zealand. The Blue Devil in his senior season averaged 17.5 ppg at 46.5 FG%, 80.9 FT%, and 43.8 3PT%. Curry was also named first team All-ACC in 2013.

The soon-to-be 24-year-old graduated from Duke and went undrafted in the 2013 Draft. Seth was signed by the Golden State Warriors to a non-guaranteed deal. It was a brief unification of Seth with Steph, but Seth got waived before last season began. Curry ended up playing 2 NBA games in ’13-’14, one with the Memphis Grizzlies for 4 minutes, and the other with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 9 minutes. The majority of Seth’s last year has been spent with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League where Curry was an All-Star along with being named to the D-League All-Rookie First Team.

Seth lit up Santa Cruz averaging 19.7 ppg and 5.8 apg per contest that included an impressive 44-point outing on April 10th.

In 7 postseason games with the D-League Warriors, Seth averaged 24.6 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.4 rpg, and 1.4 spg on 46.7 FG%, 81.6 FT%, and 40.3 3PT% at 36.6 minutes per contest. If Curry can transfer that offensive potency while proving he can be an adequate defender, Curry will garner training camp attention.

 

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

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Matt Bouldin

2014 July 3
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 Matt Bouldin?

The 26-year-old Gonzaga University product is one of potentially eleven guards that will get an opportunity to impress the Magic and the rest of the NBA universe. The 6’5″ guard is well known in his home state of Colorado where Matt was the 2005-2006 Colorado State Player of the Year in his senior high school season where he averaged 25.4 ppg and 6.4 apg per game. Pete Maravich is one of his basketball idols and you can see those influences in Bouldin’s style of play in both dishing and shooting.

At Gonzaga, Bouldin was named to the West Coast Conference’s All-Freshman team in 2007. Also in 2007, Boulding was part of the Team USA Under-19 World Championship squad that won a silver medal. In all 4 seasons at Gonzaga, Bouldin would lead the Zags to 4 straight WCC Titles. Matt would make first team All-Conference in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Each season he played, Matt’s scoring average went up.

Entering his ’09-’10 senior season Bouldin found himself on a lot of awards watch lists: Wooden, Naismith, Cousy, you name it. Bouldin finished his college career earning the WCC Player of the Year award in 2010, having averaged 15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg on 45.1 FG%, 85.8 FT%, and 36.5 3PT% at 35.6 minutes per contest. He’s on several Top 10 Gonzaga records statistical lists.

Since graduating from Gonzaga, and going undrafted in 2010, Bouldin has spent time in Greece, Montenegro, and Israel. Matt won the Montenegrin league championship in 2012 with KK Buducnost Podgorica. Last season Bouldin was in the D-League with the L.A. D-Fenders at the start of the ’13-’14 campaign, got picked up by the Delaware 87ers, then later was traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants – who were the Magic’s affiliate – to win the D-League Championship. Matt had a crucial role in the title run. In 6 playoff games with the Mad Ants, Bouldin averaged 17.2 ppg, 6.0 apg, 4.8 rpg, and 2.3 spg on 55.4 FG% and 36.0 3PT% at 36.2 minutes per contest. This could be Matt’s last chance to finally land on an NBA roster. Orlando has room for a useful passer and perimeter shooter.

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

 

Patrick Patterson Being Courted by Magic

2014 July 3
by Adam Papageorgiou

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CBS Sports’ local Orlando correspondent David Baumann is reporting that restricted free agent big man Patrick Patterson is in town to be courted by the Magic as a potential signing.

 

Patterson made about $3.1 million in ’13-’14. The 25-year-old was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Toronto Raptors in December of last year. The 2014 playoffs were Patterson’s first in the 14th pick of the 2010 Draft selection’s career. In 7 postseason games, the Kentucky Wildcat averaged 10.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 1.3 apg on 54.2 FG% and 38.9 3PT%. ‘Project Pat’ has transformed himself into quite the potential 3-point threat.

Patrick has played in 252 career regular season games – having started 61 of them – and averaged 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 1.0 apg on 48.6 FG%, 72.1 FT%, and 36.8 3PT% at 22.5 minutes per contest.

 

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

Garrett Temple Garnering Orlando’s Interest

2014 July 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears believes the Orlando Magic are one of a few teams interesting in signing Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple. The 28-year-old is an unrestricted free agent who made $916,099 in ’13-’14.

 

The 6’6″ man from Louisiana State University went undrafted in 2009. He’s played in Italy, in the D-League, and for 6 NBA teams already, including the past two years with the Wizards. In 75 games last season – all off the bench – Garrett Temple averaged 1.8 ppg on 36.2 FG% at 8.5 minutes per contest. It’s a large decrease from his 5.1 ppg at 40.7 FG% in 22.7 minutes per contest in the 2012-2013 campaign.

Magic fans may recall Orlando’s loss to the Wizards on December 28, 2012 in which Temple notched 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. It was one of Garrett’s best games in his career.

 

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

Summer League Magic Player Preview: Kadeem Batts

2014 July 2
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 Kadeem Batts?

Batts is a 6’9″ forward who went undrafted in the 2014 Draft. The soon-to-be 23-year-old spent all 4 college seasons with the Providence Friars. Kadeem played a large role in helping Providence win the 2013-2014 Big East Championship. Batts was second-team All-Big East this past season. In 122 games played at Providence – starting in 111 of them – averaging 10.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg at 44.7 FG% and 70.2 FT% on 26.7 minutes per contest. He’s not known as a 3-point shooter. For his entire college career, Batts was 13-of-40 from deep. Kadeem will be wearing jersey #20 for the Magic.

His favorite team is the Boston Celtics and favorite player is Paul Pierce according to Providence’s official athletics website, so that’s not exactly something to flaunt. I’ll lay off Kadeem though since one of his favorite movies is Love and Basketball. His nickname is apparently ‘Battman’ and we know Tony Battie would have something to say about that.

The main concern with Batts is that he took a step back between his Junior year and Senior year. As a Junior, Batts averaged 14.8 ppg and 7.24 rpg at 47.8 FG% in 31.6 minutes per contest. Undeniably his best season as a Friar. As a senior though, Kadeem put up 12.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg at 43.4 FG% in 30.6 minutes of action per game.

It’ll be interesting to see if he plays Power Forward or even a bit as an undersized Center, as Kadeem is in that ‘tweener territory. The 245-pounder is comfortable playing with his back to the basket while also possessing a capable jump shot:

 

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

 

Ronnie Price is Waived by Orlando

2014 July 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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The Orlando Magic organization has officially announced that veteran guard Ronnie Price has been waived. Because Price was waived prior to July 10th, his $1,316,809 for the ’14-’15 season  is non-guaranteed and so the franchise owes him no monetary compensation. The 31-year-old signed with the team last year, his 5th NBA stop, and was valued as a solid locker room and practice court mentor for his younger teammates. Magic GM Rob Hennigan continues to clean up Orlando’s roster.

The 6’2″ journeyman from Utah Valley State played in 31 games – starting in two of them – last season for Orlando. Ronnie averaged 2.4 pg, 2.1 apg, and 1.4 rpg on 30.4 FG% and 20.9 3PT% at 12.2 minutes per contest. He led the Magic in assists 6 times in games during the ’13-’14 campaign, including a career-high 11 assists on April 14th in Chicago. Ronnie will always be praised for his constant hustle, being a fantastic individual, a consummate professional, and an outstanding athlete with ridiculous leaping ability.

 

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

Magic Sign Ben Gordon to 2-Year Deal

2014 July 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Orlando Magic have signed veteran guard Ben Gordon to a 2-year deal for $9 million total.

 

The 31-year-old perimeter specialist spent the last two seasons in Charlotte. Gordon only played in 19 games in ’13-’14, averaging 5.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, and 1.1 apg on 34.3 FG% and 27.6 3PT%. All are career-lows for the University of Connecticut product. Ben has played in 688 career regular season games, starting in 269 of them. The 2014-2015 campaign will be Gordon’s 11th season in the league. The 3rd overall pick in the 2004 Draft is best known for being a big part of the Chicago Bulls in his first 5 seasons in the Association. All 4 of Ben’s playoff appearances were with the Bulls organization.

Ben Gordon was last waived by Charlotte on March 2nd, which made him ineligible to be picked up by any other team seeking a veteran for the playoffs. Gordon made $13.2 million last season, which concluded his 5-year contract that he signed with the Detroit Pistons back in 2009. TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting that the 2nd-year of Gordon’s contract with the Magic is a team option.  

 

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

Aaron Gordon & Elfrid Payton Officially Sign Magic Contracts

2014 July 2
by Adam Papageorgiou

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To no one’s surprise, the Orlando Magic have officially signed rookies Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton to contracts. Both will now be available to play in Summer League that begins Saturday. Terms of the contracts were not released which is typical team policy. Both players will have 4-year deals with the third and fourth years being a team options which are standard first round draft pick contract structures following the implementation of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in late 2011.

 

 

 

Knowing that information, we can do some simple rookie salary scale math. #4 pick Aaron Gordon will make $3,992,040 in ’14-’15 while the 10th pick – acquired by the Magic for a conditional 2017 first round pick, #12 pick Dario Saric, and a 2015 second round pick – Elfrid Payton will be bringing home $2,397,840 in his rookie campaign.

 

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