Just two players from power-five teams averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game in the 2013-14 season.
One, Duke’s Jabari Parker, was the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft.
The other, Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, went undrafted and spent last season overseas.
Now, Ejim is getting his NBA chance.
Pick confirmed to Hoops Rumors that Ejim has accepted the invitation.
The 6-foot-7 Ejim played a lot of power forward in college, where he was much more dynamic than his peers. He might not be big enough to play that position in the pros, though the rise of small ball could help him. He might not have the athleticism or skill to transition to small forward, either.
But Ejim plays hard and smart, and that’s why he deserves this opportunity. His physical concerns are just that – concerns, not deal-breakers.
Ejim gives the Magic 16 players. He figures to compete with Keith Appling (partially guaranteed) and Roy Devyn Marble (unguaranteed) for the final two roster spots, though Orlando still has a little cap room and the room exception to sign others.
If the Magic waive Ejim, they could assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. Perhaps, that’s Orlando’s intention. But as it stands, the Magic’s roster gives him a chance to make the NBA team.