Grades: Orlando Magic 87, Houston Rockets 69 | Magic Basketball



Jul 07

Grades: Orlando Magic 87, Houston Rockets 69


Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic


Orlando Magic 87 Final
Recap | Box Score
69 Houston Rockets

Elfrid Payton
5-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 9 AST | 12 PTS | +12

The negative: He committed a few baffling turnovers in the beginning, one where he practically handed the ball over in the backcourt against soft pressure. The overwhelming positives: He dished out nine assists and didn’t miss a field goal, shaking defenders and driving the lane for easy layups. And his defensive prowess was on full display. No one in the league will outshine his hair, either.

Dewayne Dedmon
4-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 STL | 6 REB | 11 PTS | +9

Dedmon looked like a man out on the court, towering above the crowd and rocking a dunk in the beginning that set the tone for the team. He had three steals to go with his six rebounds. The main issue is that he disappears from the game at times, which may be related to the foul trouble he gets into. But it’s easy to see why he’s hung around.

Kadeem Batts
5-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 STL | 7 REB | 10 PTS | +16

The grade is so high because of the lack of expectations for him. This was Batts’ second good showing in a row. He is impressive around the rim, hitting reverse layups and fighting for every rebound. You also don’t see him shooting shots he probably shouldn’t, as you do with Aaron Gordon so far. For what it’s worth, Batts’ plus-16 was the highest on the team.

Seth Curry
4-10 FG | 2-5 3P | 0 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | 0

Curry quietly put up double-digit points, which included two 3-pointers. He also had a beautiful no-look alley-oop. The most pressing need on the team is shooting, and Curry is the best of the young hopefuls in that area. The Magic have addressed the need by signing Channing Frye, but there may be room for more shooting at the end of the bench.

Houston Rockets

In a sloppy game from both sides, even for Summer League, Houston was sloppier, turning the ball over in bunches against an active Magic defense. Nick Johnson, looking sharp against Payton, was about the only spark. This was a shadow of the team we’ll see in the regular season, however, and the Chris Bosh rumors floating around all game were more arresting than the on-court action.