The Orlando Magic will play in the Orlando Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcasted live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of June 30th
Players expected to compete: Derrick Walton Jr, Hassan Martin, Jonathan Isaac, Patricio Garino, Marcus Georges-Hunt, Wesley Iwundu, Stephen Zimmerman, Oriol Pauli, Tyler Harvey, Josh Gray, Kalin Lucas, Jalen Jones, Shevon Thompson, Levi Randolph, Stefan Jankovic, Reggie Cameron, Matt Costello
Orlando usually splits up their squad into two teams, and Orlando White won the Orlando title last year.
The Magic squad is mostly a sleuth of G-Leaguers and little-known international players, but the squad has a few names to watch.
UDFA Derrick Walton Jr. could be a dark horse to make Orlando’s opening night roster. Walton is an experienced guard with a reliable perimeter stroke.
Erie Bayhawk, Kalin Lucas, averaged 18.6 points per game on over 40 percent shooting from three last year. A strong performance in Orlando could earn himself a roster spot.
Patricio Garino and Marcus Georges-Hunt are a pair of G-Leaguers on non-guaranteed contracts, and they will be fighting for playing time on the rebuilding Magic squad. 2015 Magic second-round pick, Tyler Harvey, will be looking to crack the roster after playing overseas last year. Exciting forward prospects, Wesley Iwundu and number six overall pick Jonathan Isaac, get their first taste of the NBA atmosphere.
Player to Watch: Jalen Jones
Jones helped lead the Maine Red Claws to a division championship in the G-League last year, as well as being an All-Star and All-Rookie Team member. The combo forward finished ranked tenth on the G-League NBA prospect watch.
Jones, former Texas A&M Aggie, participated in the G-League combine and will be a candidate to play for Team USA in the FIBA qualifiers. He has an inside-out game and he is a versatile defender. If Jones can turn in a good summer league, he deserves an NBA opportunity.