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5-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 STL | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +4
Orlando’s prized rookie wasn’t perfect, but his Magic debut was everything both the team and fans wanted to see. He had eight points in the opening nine minutes of play, looked surprisingly comfortable running the team, and showed off his vaunted defensive acumen. His energy, and as a consequence his performance, waned slightly in the second half, but his overall line is something that should excite the Magic faithful.
7-8 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +1
The selection of Osby in the second round may have raised a few eyebrows, but if Osby’s performance showed us anything, it’s to trust in Hennigan and his team of evaluators. Osby’s 18 points were nice, but more than that, the way he operated within the team scheme, on both sides of the ball, was truly impressive. Between he and O’Quinn, the Magic will not lack for energy bigs.
3-6 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3
O’Quinn was perfectly solid, putting up a double-double. More valuable than anything that showed on the stat line, however, was O’Quinn’s frequent (seriously, he never stopped talking) communication on both sides of the ball. Be it calling out screens on defense, or helping direct the point guards on defense, O’Quinn’s constant chatter was crucial to the high energy displayed by the Magic.
1-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +10
Nicholson had about as good of a bad shooting performance as possible. The second-year forward had more than his fair share of touches in the post, and each time he received the ball down low, he sought to punish his defender — most frequently Kelly Olynyk. On defense, Nicholson never stopped talking, which is seems to be typical of all Orlando frontcourt players.
The Celtics’ Summer League roster isn’t exactly the most exciting, nor of the highest quality in terms of players, and it showed on the court. Were it not for Kelly Olynyk, this game wouldn’t have been as close as it seemed. Give credit to Olynyk, though: he showed off a terrific shooting touch, knocking down jumpers with little, if any, difficulty.