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Preview/Thread: Suns yutes take on Magic yutes, 6:30, NBATV

The Summer League continues with top pick Deandre Ayton battling two top-6 picks Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac

NBA: Summer League-Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

What: Summer Suns vs. Summer Magic

When: 6:30 PM AZ/Nevada time

Where: Las Vegas, UNLV, Thomas and Mack Center


Two undefeated summer league teams face off today, including a pair of players in contention for the last two Suns draft selections.

A year ago, the Suns could have taken Jonathan Isaac at #4 overall but took Josh Jackson instead. Isaac went #6 to the Magic. Isaac is a less polished version of Jaren Jackson Jr. in Memphis, bringing much of the same talents short of shooting range.

This year, the Suns could have taken Mohamed Bamba at #1 overall, but instead took Deandre Ayton. Bamba went 6th to the Magic to give them a very long, athletic front court.

Today we see how each team’s selections the last two years are progressing.

The Suns

The Suns have gone 2-0 in Summer League so far, both games playing about about the same on the scoreboard with the Suns building 15-20 leads by late third quarter before garbage time brought the final score back down to 7-8 points.

Deandre Ayton leads the Suns with 15.5 points (on 71% shooting) and 10 rebounds per game. Second year guard Davon Reed is popping 15 per game (on 64% shooting) while Shaquille Harrison is posting 11 points and 7 assists per game.

Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges combine for 20.5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists per game. In a story of contrasts, Jackson takes few jumpers but is making just 21.5% of his shots while Bridges is making a whopping 70% of his.

The Magic

The Orlando kiddies are also 2-0, led by second year forward Jonathan Isaac. Isaac is their best defensive player, and is posting 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, though he’s making just 39% of his shots. Rookie Mohamed Bamba is putting up 11 points (63% shooting) and grabbing 6 rebounds per game, but getting just one block per game so far.

The Magic are getting great production from their guards. Troy Caupain and Isaiah Briscoe are putting up a combined 28 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds per game. Caupain is making 63% of his shots from the field.

Second year player Wes Iwundu leads the Magic with 27.5 minutes per game, but is making just 31% of his shots.

The game

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