The Orlando Magic are certainly experiencing a litany of woes as of late. In addition to their problems on the court, both on offense and defense, starting point guard Jameer Nelson is still fighting concussion-like symptoms and may be affected for some time. The Magic are attempting to get some help from the NBA D-League to firm up their ranks until Nelson improves.
Evan Dunlap of SB Nation's Orlando Pinstriped Post reported on Wednesday that Orlando called up Ish Smith from the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Smith has been playing professional ball for two years and has spent time with the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors.
Smith will join Chris Duhon and Larry Hughes as the Magic point guards behind Nelson, who will be eased back into his starting role slowly in accordance with the new NBA concussion policy. Here's the scoop on Smith, as per Dunlap:
Smith owns NBA averages of 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 10.3 minutes, with 37.9 percent field-goal shooting. The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon averaged 12.5 points per game and 7.9 assists per game with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League during the 2010/11 season.
Smith was in the NBA as recently as this season with the Warriors, but spent less than a month on the team. Perhaps he can help Orlando turn things around. You can find the official Magic press release on Smith's signing here.
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