Summer, summer, summertime. Time to sit back and unwind....just not for these members of the Orlando Magic.
The Magic on Thursday officially announced their summer league roster, with marquee names including Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Wes Iwundu. Here is the full roster....
Braian Angola-Rodas, G, 6-6, Florida State
Mohamed Bamba, C, 7-0, Texas
Khem Birch, C, 6-9, Orlando Magic
Jacobi Boykins, G, 6-6, Louisiana Tech
Isaiah Briscoe, G, 6-3, BC Kalev
Antonio Campbell, F, 6-9, Alaska Aces
Troy Caupain, G, 6-4, Lakeland Magic
Chance Comanche, C, 6-10, Memphis Hustle
Melvin Frazier Jr., G/F, 6-6, Tulane
Jonathan Isaac, F, 6-10, Orlando Magic
Wesley Iwundu, F, 6-7, Orlando Magic
Justin Jackson, F, 6-7, Maryland
Byron Mullens, C, 7-0, Lakeland Magic
Rodney Purvis, G, 6-4, Orlando Magic
Tyler Rawson, F, 6-10, Utah
Kendall Stephens, G, 6-7, Nevada
Jay Wright, G, 6-1, Lakeland Magic
No big surprises outside of Justin Jackson, the Magic’s second round pick who is coming off of shoulder surgery, not being included on the initial release of the roster and then being added about three hours later.
Magic second-rounder Justin Jackson is not listed on the team's summer league roster. His status for summer league is to be determined, a team official said. Jackson underwent surgery this past season to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) June 28, 2018
The Magic will play their first game of the summer league on July 6 against the Nets at 5 p.m. Eastern. Having had the summer league played right in their backyard for many years, the Magic will now play on the campus of UNLV with the rest of the teams in the league. Teams will play in three prelims before the tournament and championship game, which will be held on July 17.
So which member of the roster do you think has the most to prove?
To me, the most important aspect of summer league will be seeing Isaac healthy and productive. Having reportedly spent four days a week in the weight room and on the basketball court, Isaac is adding bulk to his previously lanky frame. Limited to 27 games in his rookie season because of lingering ankle injuries, Isaac went from 210 pounds to 222 pounds during the season, Denton writes.
“It feels great, especially for my shot and getting it off easier and quicker,” Isaac recently told John Denton when asked of the benefits of building strength. “I’m feeling more into my body now by being stronger and the weight room has made all the difference for me.’’
Proving that he can stay on the court, even at the summer league level, will be somewhat reassuring for Magic fans who are pinning their hopes on the Magic’s young frontcourt.
Can Rodney Purvis prove that he can build on his late season opportunity with the Magic? Is Justin Jackson motivated to prove that he should have been a first round pick?
Who are you most excited to see play? Join the conversation below...