Magnum Rolle, the 51st pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has been invited to Pacers training camp according to reports via The Freeport News.
The 6’11”, 220 – pounder, impressed the Pacers with his strong play at the Orlando Summer League in early July displaying an intriguing mix of talents from the power forward position.
Rolle can put it on the floor and finish, as well as hit the mid – range perimeter jumper consistently. These two skills alone separate the lanky combo forward from the lot of NBA hopefuls looking to land an invite this season.
He also proved in summer league play that he is highly capable of defending multiple positions. His ability to move his feet laterally and get out in transition bode well for his chances in a league full of athletic and talented players at every position.
Coming out of Louisiana Tech the slender, enigmatic Rolle, was considered a potential project player. However his advanced age in NBA terms (24 years old) among other things surely scared many teams off.
Selected by the OKC Thunder with the 51st pick, he was quickly traded away to the Pacers for the 57th pick in the draft, Ryan Reid, and cash considerations.
Judging by his play in Orlando being selected in the second round and then, subsequently, being traded all in the same day didn’t seem to bother Rolle at all. Then again, maybe it did. In five summer league contests, the versatile big man averaged 13.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks on 57% shooting from the floor. He ended the annual event tied for fifth in rebounding and second overall in blocks per game.
The skinny kid from the Bahamas has a legit shot to make a Pacers team who has more than a few pending questions up front, particularly at the power forward position. Troy Murphy (In the last year of his contract) has been a solid four – man for the Pacers, and although he is an excellent rebounder, is more of a spot up guy offensively. Whereas up and comers, Tyler Hansbrough and Josh McRoberts are still trying to navigate the treacherous waters of the NBA successfully.
Hansbrough and McRoberts have both had some impressive, but short stints of NBA action, however neither have necessarily flourished as of yet. Hansbrough being more of a banger and McRoberts that of an athletic transition player at this point. With all that being said, Rolle’s versatile skill set may be the perfect complement to a team that is looking to speed up the game. His ability to play from the high post and face up as well as defend and get out in transition separate him from the players mentioned above.
Larry Legend and the Indiana Pacers understand that they are currently mired in the dreaded rebuilding stages of their proud franchise. Based on this and the fact that many of their frontcourt players are young and unproven, this may be the perfect time for a player like Magnum Rolle to snatch up a spot in their rotation. And judging by the way he aggressively forced his way into the collective minds of the Pacers’ brass down in Orlando, it appears he knows just what to do when given a wide open opportunity like that.
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