Friday’s Magic Word | Magic Basketball



Jul 12

Friday’s Magic Word

  • Expect Victor Oladipo to keep learning the point guard position in training camp and preseason.
  • It was an up-and-down week for many Orlando Magic players at Summer League.
  • The Magic have elected not to re-sign DeQuan Jones.
  • Al Harrington and Hedo Turkoglu, two players that many expect to be bought out by Orlando, are hoping to resolve their situations very soon.
  • John Denton of “Borrego said the past week was very informative for the Magic as it relates to Oladipo because it shows how the point guard reacts to ball pressure, his ability to break down defenders and his calm under pressure. He hit the game-winning shot on Thursday when he drilled a 22-foot, step-back jumper over Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams with 4.4 seconds remaining. And in his four games, Oladipo showed his explosiveness off the dribble by repeatedly getting into the rim and averaging 10 free throw attempts a game.”
  • Oladipo was named to the Orlando Pro Summer League First Team.
  • With the Magic looking to sign a third point guard, preferably young, could Darius Morris be that guy? He is currently an unrestricted free agent.
  • A peak into the 2014 NBA draft class. Many expect Orlando to be in position to win the lottery or, at worst, net a top five pick.
  • At Summer League, Oladipo was as good as advertised. And Maurice Harkless showed off improved ballhandling skills that bodes well for his offensive development.
  • With a 102-83 loss to the Boston Celtics, the Magic finished Summer League in eighth place out of 10 teams. One of the few bright spots in the game was A.J. Slaughter, who may have earned himself a training camp invite with an outstanding performance.
  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie thought Oladipo’s game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday was cool.