The Orlando Magic were thrilled to add seven foot two Mo Bamba, six foot six Melvin Frazier, and six foot eight Justin Jackson, to their roster on Thursday night.
“This is a very exciting day for us,” Weltman said Friday. “It’s not often that you can come away in a draft and added such immense talent and character in one night. I can tell you (like I told you guys last night), we were elated.”
Magic fans have to be thrilled with the level of talent and length coming to the Amway Center this October. General Manager John Hammond, and President of Basketball Operations, Jeff Weltman, were expected to add length in this draft with picks six, 35, and 41, but no one expected a combined 22 feet, to go along with an added second round pick by dropping from 41 to 43.
“We’re going to build this the right way, not the fast way,” Weltman added.
Early prognostications give the Magic a high draft grade, but the Magic still had work to do to assemble their Summer League squad. Here is the completed list of the Magic’s roster for Las Vegas.
Jacobi Boykins G
Kendall Stephens G
Brandon Sampson G
Troy Caupain G
Khem Birch PF/C
Jonathan Isaac PF
Wes Iwundu G/F
Rodney Purvis G
Jamel Artis G/F
Mo Bamba C
Melvin Frazier G/F
Justin Jackson F
For more on the Magic draft picks Bamba, Frazier, and Jackson, check out Garrett Townsend’s excellent article here.
The newest additions are Kendell Stephens, Brandon Sampson, and Troy Caupain.
Jacobi Boykins, a native of St. Petersburg Florida, played for Louisiana Tech last season, and could electrify in Vegas next month.
Boykins averaged 15 points and five assists on 40% shooting from three point range in his senior season. He posted 20 points or more eight times in his senior season, as well as broke his own single season record for three pointers with 98, to go along with his record holding 269 at La Tech, good for sixths in Conference USA history.
Boykins was ejected with two technicals after a monstrous dunk, but if you watch the film, it’s difficult to see what prompted such angst from the official.
Draft Express labeled him as a Mid Major ‘sleeper.’
Kendell Stephens is a six foot seven sharp shooting senior from Nevada. The Wolf Pack alum set the single season record for three pointers last season.
Stephens worked out for the Lakers, Thunder, Celtics, Mavericks and Kings, in addition to the Magic. He also took part in a predraft secondary combine at the IMG Academy in Florida, where he interviewed with the Magic.
“It’s a blessing,” Stephens told the RGJ. “It’s been a different journey, especially being a transfer and stuff. It just feels good to know the work I put in and all of the preparation paid off. All you can ask for is an opportunity, so I just have to stay as ready as I can and prepare for the opportunity and attack it like that.”
On what he learned from predraft workouts:
“You just learn that everybody can play,” Stephens said. “It’s a grind, it’s a battle, but it’s fun. It’s a good challenge, especially given the level they’re at. It’s really early, but it was a great experience to see the facilities and meet executives and scouts and coaches. Meeting some of the players who were playing, it was nice to talk to some of them. It was a great experience to get in the building and get a little taste of what it’s like. Now that I’ve been through it, I’m going to get to work and focus on getting a job.”
· Reno Gazette Journal
Brandon Sampson, is a six foot five, six foot nine wingspan scoring guard from LSU. He has the highest recorded vertical in Draft Express’ database.
Sampson stunned NBA scouts with his workouts, leading the combine with a 42 inch vertical.
Troy Caupain is receiving his second invite to the Orlando Magic locker room, after getting an invitation to training camp in the summer of 2017.
Caupain finished his three seasons in Cincinnati with a first and second team finish on the All ACC squad.
After an admirable performance for the Raptors in Summer League last season, Caupain hoped to crack the Magic roster in training camp, but instead was sent to the G-League before signing on with GSA Udine through the summer.
The Orlando Magic have three confirmed matchups at the Thomas and Mack Center next month before the elimination round begins on Wednesday, July 11th.
July 6 - Brooklyn vs. Orlando, 2 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
Cox Arena, NBA TV
July 8 - Memphis vs. Orlando, 6:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT
Thomas & Mack Arena, ESPN2
July 9 - Orlando vs. Phoenix, 6:30 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT
Thomas & Mack Arena, NBA TV
For more on Mo Bamba, and the Orlando Magic Summer League Squad, be sure to subscribe to “Do you Believe in Magic” on Itunes, and everywhere podcasts are found!
Thanks for reading!