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2020-21 G League Bubble Roster Preview: Lakeland Magic

At the beginning of February, the NBA G League will host their 2020-21 season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando. 17 G League teams will play in the bubble season, along with the G League Ignite team.

The top eight teams will advance to a single-elimination playoff to contend for the 2020-21 G League Championship. Of which the Ignite team, for elite prospects, is eligible for.

One of the teams entering the bubble is the Lakeland Magic, the affiliate of the Orlando Magic. In the cut-short 2019-20 campaign, the Magic finished with a 25-17 record. As they sat 4th in the Eastern Conference at the time of the season suspension.

Lets take a the Lakeland Magic’s 2020-21 roster, ahead of the G League Orlando bubble.

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Jeff Dowtin (G) – Affiliate

23-year-old Jeff Dowtin will be jumping up to the professional ranks for the first time. The 6-foot-3 guard spent 4 seasons at the collegiate level with the Rhode Island Rams. Through 128 games with the Rams, Dowtin posted averages of 11 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1 steal. He shot 44.7% from the field and 36.1% from 3-point land.

Devin Cannady (G) – Affiliate

Devin Cannady, a 24-year-old guard, finished his college career as the 5th-highest scorer in Princeton history, with 1,515 points (2015-19). As a rookie, Cannady featured for the Long Island Nets in the G League. Through 39 games in 2019-20, he averaged 14.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals, on 36% shooting from deep.

On December 27, 2019, he scored a career-high 33 points, along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists, in a 109-95 victory over the Erie BayHawks.

Robert Franks (F) – Affiliate

After averaging 21.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.6 assists, on 39.9% shooting from 3, for Washington State as a senior, Robert Franks signed a two-way deal with the Charlotte Hornets for the 2019-20 season. Mid-way through the season, the 6-foot-7 forward was waived and he was subject to a G League trade to the Stockton Kings.

Through his rookie campaign (2019-20), Franks made 36 appearances for both the Greensboro Swarm and the Stockton Kings. In those games he averaged 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. With the Kings (14 games), he shot 39.8% from beyond the arc.

Jon Teske (C) – Affiliate

23-year-old Jon Teske is another fresh out of college, after completing 4-years at the University of Michigan. Between 2016-20, Teske made 129 appearances for the Wolverines, with 70 starts. As a senior, the 7-foot-1 center averaged 11.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1 steal per game.

During the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Michigan beat Iowa State, North Carolina, and Gonzaga to win the championship. In the championship game, Taske recorded 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks, as he won the tournament MVP award.

Billy Garrett (G) – Returning

Billy Garrett represented the Westchester Knicks in the G League between 2017-19, where he averaged 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3 assists, in 98 games. In April 2019, the 6-foot-6 guard was called up to the New York Knicks, where he featured in 4 NBA contests. In those games, he recorded averages of 6.5 points and 1.8 assists, in 15.8 minutes played per contest.

For the 2019-20 campaign, the 26-year-old split his time between Élan Chalon in France and Larisa B.C. in Greece. With the latter, he averaged 12.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 2 assists, in 7 games.

Andrew Rowsey (G) – Returning

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, Andrew Rowsey signed for Hugarian outfit Szolnoki Olaj. Through his rookie season, the 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 11.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in all competitions. For his sophomore campign, Rowsey returned stateside and joined the Lakeland Magic. In 25 G League contests, he averaged 19.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, on 47.7% shooting from 3-point land.

For the start of the 2020-21 season, Rowsey signed for the Giessen 46ers in Germany. He featured in 3 games, averaging 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.3 steals, before opting to return to the Magic for the G League bubble.

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Justin Jackson (F) – Returning

Justin Jackson was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets and was traded to the Orlando Magic. After featuring in 10 appearances for affiliate team, the Lakeland Magic, the 6-foot-7 forward suffered a season-ending injury. As a rookie in those games, he averaged 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Ahead of the 2019-20 season, whilst with Lakeland, Jackson then suffered an Achilles injury and never featured. In April 2020, he signed for the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

Antonio Campbell (F) – Returning

26-year-old Antonio Campbell holds bags of professional experience during his short career so far. He started out with the Lakeland Magic and during the back-end of the 2017-18 season he averaged 6.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 20 games. He then returned to the Magic in 2018-19, featuring in 43 contests with averages of 10.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, whilst shooting 38.9% from 3-point land.

The 6-foot-8 power forward has also had spells in the Philippines with the Alaska Aces, in Turkey with Pınar Karşıyaka and İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi B.K, and in China with Hefei Yuanchuang.

Tahjere McCall (G) – Draft

After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Tahjere McCall spent two seasons with the Long Island Nets in the G League, where he made 70 appearances. Late in the 2018-19 season, the 26-year-old guard earned an NBA call-up to the Brooklyn Nets. He played 1 game, recording 4 points and 1 rebound.

Following a strong 2019-20 NBA Summer League, McCall showed out for the College Park SkyHawks. He played 42 games for the SkyHawks, posting averages of 12.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals. He was selected with the 5th overall selection in the 2020-21 G League Draft, ahead of the Orlando bubble.

DJ Hogg (F) – Draft

DJ Hogg was selected with the 8th overall pick in the 2020-21 G League Draft by the Lakeland Magic. During his first two seasons in the professional ranks, Hogg has featured for the Delaware Blue Coats (2018-19) and the Wisconsin Herd (2019-20) in the NBA’s official minor league.

Last time out, for the Herd, the 24-year-old shot 40.1% from downtown, with averages of 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1 block per contest.

Jordan Bone (G) – Two-Way

6-foot-3 point guard Jordan Bone was selected with the 57th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans and was later traded to the Detroit Pistons. As a rookie, during the 2019-20 season, Bone was signed to a two-way contract. He played 10 times for the Pistons in the NBA, where he averaged 1.2 points in 5.3 minutes played per game.

Instead, he spent the majority of his time in the G League with the Grand Rapids Drive, making 31 appearances. In those games, he averaged 17.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1 steal, on 38.3% shooting from downtown.

Karim Mane (G) – Two-Way

Karim Mane is currently spending his rookie season (2020-21) on a two-way contract with the Orlando Magic. The 6-foot-5 guard spent 3 seasons at Vanier College in Quebec, Canada. As a junior (2019-20), Mane averaged 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.1 steals. He led the RSEQ in assists, ranked 6th in steals, 7th in scoring, and 13th rebounding. This was as Vanier held a first-place 16-2 record.

His performances earned him Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian Team and All-RSEQ First Team honors,

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