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Orlando SL Day Two: Isaac records first career double-double

Day one of the Orlando Summer League saw Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Okaro White have a lot of success for their respective teams. Isaac had a positive debut, but struggled from the field and Bacon was much of the same.

Each player came into day two hoping to build on their performances and help lead their teams to wins.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes was the first former Seminole to take the floor as he and the New York Knicks took on the Detroit Pistons. XRM showed off remarkable floor vision and does a great job of making the right read. He led players into the correct shooting spots with his passes and most of the guys he found were wide open.

Still, He looked a little lost defensively and had his struggles from the field. XRM finished the game with 5 points (2-7 FG), 3 assists, and 1 steal over 15 minutes of action. He just needs to continue working hard and making the most of his minutes. Rathan-Mayes has never been the most efficient guard, but he needs to pick his spots better to be as efficient as possible.

Jonathan Isaac and Okaro White lined up across from one another as Orlando and Miami faced off in the second game of the day. Isaac was active early on as he battled around the rim for rebounds and putbacks. His hustle and effort are noticeable and they make a big impact on the game.

Isaac’s ability to hit from midrange was on full display as he picked his spots and knocked down shots effectively. His ball handling also seems to have improved and he had the confidence to bring the ball up the floor and start the offense on multiple possessions.

“Man I just want to get better,” Isaac said after experiencing his first win in the NBA. “I just want to get better every day and see where I end up.”

Despite his small frame, Isaac’s fight has allowed him to stay physically competitive thus far in summer league. He has taken some shots and hard fouls, but that’s to be expected. He looks like he could play minutes for the Magic right away after his performance in their two exhibitions. Isaac finished the game against Miami with 15 points (7-12 FG), 13 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal over 22 minutes. He records his first career double-double a day after putting up 7 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

White also played a big role for the Heat despite their second straight loss to open Summer League. He finished with a team-high 15 points (4-14 FG), 6 rebounds, and 1 block while playing 33 minutes. He wasn’t very efficient from the field but did finish go a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.

The former Florida State forward was very effective on offense and defense despite struggling with his shot. White’s ability to pass and handle the ball with the skills of a guard at 6’10” makes him a unique player. His skills are starting to shine through as he becomes more comfortable in the NBA. Defensively, his length allows him to harass players and alter shots. White’s athleticism just adds to this. He could lock down a role with the Heat if his shot becomes more consistent.

Bacon was the final former `Nole to play in day two as Charlotte matched up with Indiana. He’s been on the court with a very ball-dominant point guard in Briante Weber. Weber had the ball in his hands for most of the game and Bacon struggled with his role away from the ball.

He spent most of his time standing around the three-point line and was just stiff. Bacon didn’t move much and didn’t put much of an effort forth to trying to get open on offense. The positioning and spacing could be a part of how Charlotte runs their offense

On defense, Bacon exhibited good effort and fight. It would go a long way if he can consistently play good defense. Bacon finished the game with 8 points (3-9 FG), 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Looking ahead to day three:

– New York Knicks (0-2) Vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0), NBA TV, 1 p.m. ET

Who to watch: Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Knicks

– Orlando Magic (1-1) Vs. Dallas Mavericks (1-0), NBA TV, 3 p.m. ET

Who to watch: Jonathan Isaac, Magic

– Miami Heat (0-2) Vs. Indiana Pacers (2-), NBA TV, 5 p.m. ET

Who to watch: Okaro White, Heat

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in English Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Writer for FSView Sports and Hashtag Basketball.

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