To get their roster down to 15 players, the Orlando Magic waived Christian Eyenga, Justin Harper, and Chris Johnson before the regular-season began. Those three players' NBA journeys aren't necessarily over, however, as each was selected in the 2012 NBA D-League Draft.
With the third overall selection, the Idaho Stampede selected Harper, a combo forward. As a rookie, Harper appeared in 14 games for the Magic, averaging 1.4 points in six minutes on 29 percent shooting. In his four-year collegiate career, Harper posted per-game averages of 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds with the Richmond Spiders.
Johnson, 22, went to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers with the seventh overall pick. A training-camp invitee of Orlando's, Johnson appeared in five games and averaged two points per, shooting 3-of-11 from the field. As a senior at Dayton, Johnson ranked second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding, and impressive achievement for a perimeter player, particularly a three-point specialist.
The Texas Legends selected Eyenga, a veteran of 33 D-League games with the Erie BayHawks, Canton Charge, and Los Angeles D-Fenders, with the eighth overall pick. Eyenga arrived in Orlando from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade, but did not play in the preseason due to a hamstring injury.
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