Grades: Orlando Magic 90, Philadelphia 76ers 89 | Magic Basketball



Jul 11

Grades: Orlando Magic 90, Philadelphia 76ers 89


Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic


Orlando Magic 90 Final
Recap | Box Score
89 Philadelphia 76ers

Victor Oladipo
7-16 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 24 PTS | -2

It speaks volumes to the trust the Magic already have in Oladipo to not call a timeout with the game on the line. Oladipo repaid that trust by calmly sinking the game-winning jumper as if it were the most routine thing in the world. He excelled in most other areas tonight as well, but that shot was perhaps the shining moment of his Summer League.

Andrew Nicholson
9-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 STL | 3 REB | 23 PTS | +1

To excel at this level, Nicholson needed to add muscle in the offseason to his slight frame in order to bang down low. Add muscle he did, and it showed tonight, as he was able to establish and maintain deep position in the post. Two troubling areas however: first, his rebounding is still sub-par, and his tunnel vision on offense tends to emerge at the most inopportune times.

Maurice Harkless
5-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -2

Oladipo may have won the game for the Magic, but Harkless was the one to put them in that position. What’s more, he did so using the refined dribbling skills he’s honed during the summer. He really elevated the energy and intensity on defense late in the game when the Magic needed a stop, and nearly took it upon himself to get it.

Kyle O’Quinn
3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +13

O’Quinn had double-digit rebounds today, which at first appears terrific, but at second glance is slightly dampened by the fact that Arnett Moultrie blatantly outworked him on the offensive boards. O’Quinn’s been mostly great for the Magic this Summer League, but he struggled a bit today against Moultrie. It’s also interesting that O’Quinn has been less involved offensively in Orlando’s last two games.

Philadelphia 76ers

This was by far Philadelphia’s best showing during their otherwise poor Summer League. Michael Carter-Williams, who has been flat-out awful, had his best game of the week, appearing to achieve a greater balance between being a facilitator and a scorer. This was also Moultrie’s best overall game so far in Orlando. While both teams played hard (love you, Sheed), just as in Highlander, there could be only one.