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Orlando Pro Summer League: Orlando Magic Blue standouts

The Magic's Blue team struggled throughout the week, but had some players who played well.

Will Ogburn

With the Orlando Pro Summer League coming to a close on Friday, players who participated either scatter out to Las Vegas for their rendition of Summer League, go back to their respective teams and continue working to improve, or even just wait it out and see if their time in Orlando was good enough to earn them a call from one of the teams across the league.

Fielding two teams for the second year in a row, the Orlando Magic had the chance to look at a multitude of players. From guys like Nnanna Egwu, Alex Davis and Tyler Harvey who played for the Magic's NBA D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks, to journeymen Arinze Onuaku, and Justin Dentmon the Magic's two teams had a little bit of everything on them.

While the White team ended up being better for the second year in a row -- they made it to the championship game last year before falling in sudden death overtime to Memphis-- the Blue team, which held Harvey, and fellow second round picks Stephen Zimmerman, Devyn Marble and Nick Johnson, still had some guys who played well.

These guys played well enough to, at the very least, get a camp invite from a team, be it the Magic, or someone else across the league.

Stephen Zimmerman

9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.4 blocks per game

Zimmerman is, quite possibly, the only player from the Magic's blue team that will even have an above average chance of making the Magic's roster. After sliding into the second round in last months draft, Zimmerman showed flashes of why he was so highly recruited out of high school, showing off soft touch around the rim, as well as a good nose for the ball on the glass.

The lanky 7-footer is going to have to add weight to his frame if he has any chance of seeing consistent minutes anytime soon. He will have time to do that, with the Magic's glut of veteran big man holding down the front court spots for the foreseeable future.

Zimmerman officially signed with the Magic on Thursday, making him the 13th player the team has under contract. He clearly has talent and upside on both ends of the floor, but will have to continue to work to reach his full potential. Elbow and shoulder injuries on his right side could hold him back, but the 19-year-old has the potential to have a very bright future.

Nick Johnson

14.4 points, 7.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds 2.6 steals per game

One of the best athletes in Orlando this past week, Johnson showed off some of the skills that made him one of the most dangerous players in college basketball while at Arizona. Trying to showcase his ability to play the point guard position, Johnson had his ups and downs throughout the week -- he averaged nearly four turnovers per game to go along with his 7.4 assists.

The 6-foot-3 high flyer was one of two Magic Blue members to finish in double figures scoring for the week -- Devyn Marble was the other -- and wound up leading the team in scoring in four of the five games. His shot selection was questionable at times, and it showed, with Johnson shooting a shaky 36.9 percent from the field. He did shoot a solid 39 percent from beyond the arc, which led the team, but his inconsistencies shooting the ball are still an issue.

Johnson is in a tough position. Despite having some flashes of brilliance, he's still stuck between playing point guard and shooting guard because of his size, and his skill set is currently more skewed towards shooting guard than point. He's still young, and could develop his point guard skills, but until then, despite his strong play all week for Magic Blue, he's likely going to struggle to find his way onto an NBA roster.

Okaro White

8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds 1.2 assists per game

While White didn't put up the biggest numbers, he showed off a good understanding of the defensive principles, and a versatility the Magic would like. Standing at 6-foot-9, White has the ability to play both forward spots, and showed that throughout the week.

The former Florida State Seminole helped spearhead a furious Magic rally on Friday against the Indiana Pacers, finishing the day with 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals off the bench. A long athlete, White showed an ability to play passing lanes, tipping passes throughout the week, while also showing an understanding of the schemes the team wanted to play on that end.

He's going to have to continue to work on his three-point shooting -- he missed all six of his attempts from deep over the week-- but his strong nose for the ball on the glass -- he had 15 offensive and 15 defensive rebounds through the week-- helps his case. With need to add slightly more depth at the forward spots, White could be a guy the Magic look at for a training camp invite, even if he ends up going down and playing for the BayHawks afterwards.


Overall, the Magic's blue team was disappointing on the week. While they didn't bring any first rounders --neither of the Magic's two teams had a single first rounder on their roster-- the team's overall performance with the Magic's lead assistant Chad Forcier at the helm was disappointing.

Nevertheless, Summer League proved to be a good time to continue to learn about the players on the court, and could pay off for the Magic, and the players involved in the long-term.