When the Magic announced Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson, Maurice Harkless and Kyle O'Quinn would be joining Victor Oladipo on the Magic's Summer League roster, there already seemed to be an air of excitement. At least, as much excitement as one can have for any announcement involving Summer League.
Here, theoretically, was a chance for the Magic's young players to gel together and grow.
This was very much the idea that Rob Hennigan brought with him from Oklahoma City, where Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden were tight on and off the court. They did everything together. More importantly, they grew together.
If the Magic are truly copying the Thunder method, they are trying to do it in the same way. Their young players will need to grow organically even off the basketball court. The Thunder have clearly reaped those rewards.
Will the Magic?
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