The Orlando Pro Summer League begins play on Saturday with 8 teams looking to see their draft picks in action for the first time. They will also look at undrafted players hoping to make their roster in 2017-18.
The Orlando Magic will have their first opportunity to see top draft pick Jonathan Isaac in game action. The 6-11 forward from Florida State will give the coaching staff a glimpse of what he might add to the team right away as well as later in the season and in the future.
Second round selection Wesley Iwundu from Kansas State is also on the roster. Magic Assistant Coach Chad Forcier will coach the summer team. Isaac’s college teammate, FSU guard Dwayne Bacon, will play for the Charlotte Hornets.
Guys like Isaac should stand out merely because he is more talented and athletic than the majority of those playing for jobs. While Isaac has total job security, he is practicing like he needs to earn a spot.
“I think I’ve played really well so far,” he told Pure Magic. “I’ve given everything I’ve got every play and I’ve been able to score some and play great defense.”
Another player from Orlando is in the position of trying to win a job.
Former UCF shooting guard Matt Williams will be in town with the Miami Heat summer league team trying to show that he can knock down three-pointers the way he did for the Knights.
Williams ranked second in the nation in the number of threes made last season (126) and shot a respectable 38 percent from beyond the arc. He left UCF as the program’s all-time record holder in that category.
Williams, a product of Orlando’s Jones High School, is one of five guards on the Heat summer roster. Miami’s current roster sports 6 guards, none of whom will be in Orlando, including Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington.
The bottom line is Williams needs to have his UCF shooting stroke with him during the coming week. Miami, Orlando and the other six teams will play four games between Saturday and Wednesday. “Championship Day” is scheduled for Thursday, July 6.
The other teams competing include the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Detroit Pistons.
Those wanting to catch a glimpse of these players will have to settle for watching on television. There is no seating at the Magic complex, but all games are televised on NBA TV.
The first game Saturday features the Heat against the Hornets at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Magic versus the Pacers at 1:00 p.m.