Cole Anthony’s shot is still in summer form.
Of course, It’s only the second game of Summer League, so no need to be alarmed. But Anthony’s shooting woes continued during the Magic’s 94-84 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday night.
Anthony, coming off a 1-for-9 shooting performance in the opener, went just 2 of 10 from the field and missed each of his three three-point attempts to finish with four points (and a technical foul after voicing his displeasure about being calling for a foul while trying to draw a charge).
Given the competition, it’s surprising to see a player who averaged 12.9 points as a rookie in the NBA (albeit on just 39.7 percent shooting) struggle against Summer League opponents.
But it was a poor shooting night overall for the Magic, who shot just 39 percent in the game. R.J. Hampton went 3-for-6 from three but just missed every other shot he took (3-for-10).
Exceptions included Jalen Suggs, who had another all-around game with a game-high 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting, eight rebounds and five assists (and a technical foul while trying to demonstrate contact to the referee). That included one very emphatic outback dunk....
Suggs’ fellow rookie Franz Wagner also had an improved shooting performance, going 4-for-7 from the field, including his first three after an 0-for-6 start in the opener, to finish with 10 points.
That included this pretty up-and-under reverse layup after he beat his defender at the perimeter...
“I think Summer League is always important, but for us it’s probably particularly important because we recalibrated what we’re doing here,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said during a halftime interview. “So player development and letting our young guys get a taste of what’s in store for them is of paramount importance and there are a lot of young guys on our roster. So this is a very important process for us and we’re happy to have Summer League back.”
D.J. Hogg also showed his range, knocking down 3 of 4 attempts for three to finish with 15 points, as well as the ability to finish at the rim with this pretty up-and-under...
Twitter sensation Janis Timma checked in with 5:29 left in the first and did not hesitate with his shot, hitting two of three attempts from deep in his first few minutes to give the Magic a 17-14 lead. The 29-year-old rookie had eight points on 3-for-9 shooting (2-for-8 from three) and four rebounds in 14 minutes.
“I think it speaks volumes of him that he wanted to come into Summer League forgetting his stature as a high-level European player and show the league what’s he’s about and that he can play in the NBA,” Weltman said of Timma. “Our fans have embraced him clearly. He’s a great guy, he’s a hard worker, he plays for the team. Even in the short experience that we’ve had with him meshing with our group, he’s a team-first guy so he’s lifted everybody up and I’m really happy that he’s able to show himself to the league.”
Evan Mobley, the No. 3 overall pick, had 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cavs, which outscored the Magic 25-13 in the third quarter. Isaac Okoro had a team-high 15 points for Cleveland as they handed Magic coach Jamahl Mosley his first unofficial loss.
“It’s very important that Jamahl, I think is his mind, sets the tone early for what practice is going to look like, what he expects of them,” Weltman said. “And obviously we do have a significant number of roster players on our Summer League team that he wants to start to work with as quickly as possible. I’m not sure if he’ll finish the Summer League coaching, but I think he wanted to indoctrinate the guys that way. I think it’s been great for them to understand what their new coach is all about.”
The 1-1 Magic now take on a 2-0 Celtics team on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.