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The Orlando Magic were able to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats by the score of 80-77 on the fifth and final day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Paul Davis led the way for the Magic, capping off a strong week with 24 points on seven shots (14-of-16 from the charity stripe), eight rebounds, and three steals. Stanley Robinson chipped in with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and one windmill dunk in the third quarter that elicited “oohs” and “aahs” from the onlookers at RDV Sportsplex. For the Bobcats, Sherron Collins finished with a game-high 32 points, including 7-of-11 shooting from the three-point line.
Daniel Orton had another poor game statistically, but the numbers are deceiving a little bit because he was able to do some good things here and there. For example, on two separate occasions offensively, Orton executed a give-and-go with Robinson that netted him free-throws and a layup. Also, even though Orton is struggling to manufacture points in any manner, it’s worth pointing out that the process by which he begins his moves on offense are okay. Throughout the game, Orton would set up on either the left or right block, execute a spin move or seal off a defender in the lane, but miss his jump-hooks. The issue for Orton during the week hasn’t necessarily been the ability for him to receive the basketball and execute moves. It’s that the end result has been disastrous for Orton. For all the positive things that Orton is doing as he goes up for a shot, it’s all downhill once the ball leaves his hands. Many times on offense, Orton will find himself engaging in a move, only to throw up a right or lefty hook and hope that it goes in. Fortunately for Orton, those are the type of mistakes that are fixable because it’s a matter of him improving his touch around the basket. Orton has shown flashes that he can score in the paint, but consistency has been a major issue for him right now.
Defensively, Orton is a little farther along in his game in that department but he is going to have to improve his rebounding. Orton’s lack of rebounds may be a product of the fatigue and the bad shape he’s in, but the activity isn’t there. Orton played 20 minutes against the Bobcats and didn’t record a single rebound in the game. Even if Orton has tired legs, that’s unacceptable. Orton is 6’11” and has an athletic frame. If he were to fight and battle at the rim, it should net him a few rebounds yet he hasn’t been able to go out there and do it. Rebounding is a lot about effort, which is why it’s a skill that translates from college to the NBA. If you are a “go-getter” and chase after rebounds, chances are that it’ll become a habit. Other than that, Orton continues to do well in the shot-blocking department, which is a good sign.
If there’s a player that needed a good outing, it was Robinson and he was able to do just that. Robinson finally displayed the talents that have made him an attractive fit for the Magic, even though he isn’t much of a three-point shooter right now. The thing that is most impressive about Robinson is that, unlike Orton, his activity in the paint on both ends of the floor is excellent. Robinson seems to gravitate naturally around the basket and today, he was rewarded for his aggressiveness with 10 rebounds, as well all his field goals coming in the lane.
There were a number of times when Robinson was in catch-and-shoot situations, but he was unable to connect on his shot attempts, even though he was able to set his feet on a majority of them. Robinson’s shooting is something that he’ll need to work, but that’s one of the few glaring weakness in his game. There’s no question that Robinson appears to thrive in the open court, so the main thing that he’ll need to become more comfortable of doing is scoring in half-court sets. Sometimes Robinson will disappear on offense because he isn’t much of a shooter right now, even though he can hit perimeter shots on occasion. Nevertheless, Robinson looks like he may have showed enough to merit an invite to the Magic’s training camp.