The Orlando Magic just passed along the roster for their summer-league team. Newly acquired power forward Ryan Anderson headlines the group, as does former 60th overall draft selection Milovan Rakovic. Jeremy Richardson, who saw limited action as the Magic's 15th man last year, will also appear for them in summer league.
The complete roster follows the jump:
UPDATE: Spoiler alert - Kasib Powell, is on the Magic's summer team, and wrote a post for 3QC sister-site Ridiculous Upside about his preparing to join the Magic. Scott, who runs the site, told me via Twitter that he believes Powell will make the Magic's final roster.
|6||Maurice Ager||G||6-2||220||New Jersey Nets/Michigan State|
|41||Lance Allred||C||6-11||260||NBDL Idaho Stampede/Weber State|
|33||Ryan Anderson||F||6-10||240||New Jersey Nets/California|
|3||Brian Chase||G||5-10||170||Dynamo Moscow/Virginia Tech|
|21||Ronald Dupree||F||6-7||209||NBDL Utah Flash/Louisiana State|
|10||Courtney Fells||G||6-6||210||North Carolina State|
|23||C.J. Giles||F||6-11||240||Smart Gilas Pilipinas (Philippines)/Oregon State|
|35||Richard Hendrix||F||6-9||255||NBDL Dakota Wizards/Alabama|
|16||Stevan Milosevic||C||7-0||260||Koeln 99ers (Germany)|
|22||Kasib Powell||F||6-7||215||NBDL Sioux Falls Skyforce/Texas Tech|
|19||Milovan Rakovic||F||6-10||280||Spartak Saint Petersburg (Russia)|
|32||Jeremy Richardson||F||6-7||195||Orlando Magic/Delta State|
|24||Russell Robinson||G||6-1||190||NBDL Reno Bighorns/Kansas|
|5||Darian Townes||F||6-10||250||NBDL Erie BayHawks/Arkansas|
At a glance, the roster is heavy with big-man prospects. The most appealing to me is Richard Hendrix, a rebounding machine whom the Warriors selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 draft, only to cut him when Monta Ellis returned from his suspension for injuring himself on a mo-ped. He has yet to play in the NBA, but tore up the D-League. In my estimation, he has mid-rotation potential for the Magic, who are light on rebounders behind Dwight Howard.
Jeremy Pargo, an undrafted point guard, also interests me, for reasons I specified last week.
Curious to see that Rakovic will indeed make the trip to Orlando. The Magic acquired his draft rights from Dallas in exchange for Reyshawn Terry's rights in 2007. Not sure if he stands a chance of making the final cut, especially when the Magic will probably try to address their big-man needs via free agency. Still, Rakovic made it here quicker than did 2005 lottery selection Fran Vazquez. No idea what his status is, by the way.
As far as I know, Spanish point guard Carlos Cabezas is the only player to turn the Magic down for a camp invite. This post from TalkBasket.net, dated June 16th, said the Magic invited Cabezas, who said, "they've been interested in me for a couple of years," but he would consider proposals from other teams in Europe.
All-in-all, this year's summer league team holds more promise than those of years past. Add that to the fact that the Magic have at least 5 spots to fill on the big-league team, and a fairly limited budget with which to do it, and we have an even more intriguing week ahead of us.
Indeed, summer league starts next Monday, July 6th. The Orlando Magic emphasized in the roster announcement that games are not open to the public. Luckily, 3QC has it covered. Eddy and I will be there all week. Good times.