The Orlando Pro Summer League ended Thursday. With so many guys fighting for jobs, or at least an invite to fall training camp, the play was spirited, if not spectacular. Several individuals stood out, including current and potential Orlando Magic players and other well-known Florida players working for other teams.
For the Magic, a few of their summer players will have opportunities to make the team out of fall training camp. With the team being “cautious” so far in the free agent market, more competition for roster spots could result.
Top pick Jonathan Isaac showed his athleticism and the potential to be a future star in the NBA. After a slow start, he showed his offensive and defensive capabilities before a minor hip injury kept him out of the final two games.
“He’s got a great skill set already for his age (19) and his length defensively is impressive,” Coach Frank Vogel told Pure Magic. “I’m ecstatic about what the next couple of years of working with Jonathan Isaac is going to look like.”
As for second-round draft pick Wesley Iwundu, the Magic hope to see more than he provided. Iwundu was able to “get his feet wet” with pro basketball, said summer team coach Chad Forcier, who pledged to work with the rookie from Kansas State to help him have a successful training camp.
Marcus Georges-Hunt, currently on the roster, had an outstanding week as did Derrick Walton, Jr. from Michigan, who is trying to play his way onto the team. Joining the team with two games left was 7-1 center Przemek Karnowski from Poland and NCAA runner-up Gonzaga.
After being ignored by the Miami Heat, Karnowski joined Orlando and played two strong games, but his lack of mobility could hinder his chance to make the team.
Other players of interest include Matt Williams from UCF, who also received little playing time for the Heat until the final game. Williams, a three-point shooter, made only one shot during the first four games, but connected for 14 points in Thursday’s wrap-up. He can only hope for an invite to training camp.
Miami did have a star in Okaro White. The former FSU Seminole, who spent last year with Miami, was the league’s leading scorer with 19 points per game.
Isaac’s former FSU teammate, Dwayne Bacon, started slow but came on strong for the Charlotte Hornets. The second-round selection averaged 15 points per game.
Another member of the 2016-17 FSU team, guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, led the New York Knicks in assists with 14 while scoring 6 points per game. Former Florida Gator Canyon Barry averaged slightly under four points.