A Look at Former Lakeland Magic Stars Playing in NBA Summer League

Josh Cohen
Digital News Manager

Admiral Schofield 

Schofield started last season in Lakeland, and then signed a pair of 10-day contracts with Orlando when several of the Magic’s players were in health and safety protocols. A couple weeks later, he earned a two-way contract with the team. In 38 games with Orlando, the 6-foot-5, 241-pound forward averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. With the Magic in summer league, he played in their first two games, totaling 18 points and eight rebounds. 

Aleem Ford

Ford was another one of the players who signed with Orlando when the team was shorthanded last December during the original omicron surge. He averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in the five games he appeared in. Once enough players returned from health and safety protocols, the 6-foot-8, 220-pounder resumed his stint in Lakeland, where he played in 31 regular season games and averaged 12.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. A quality 3-point shooter and versatile defender, he’s with the Magic in summer league. 

Devin Cannady 

Cannady, on the Magic’s summer league team, appeared in Orlando’s final five games last season, scoring in double figures in each of the last three, including on April 10 in the finale against the Heat when he had 15 points. The 6-foot-2 guard, best known for his outside shooting, has bounced back and forth between Lakeland and Orlando the last two seasons. He was named the G League Finals MVP in the Disney bubble in 2021 after helping Lakeland capture the franchise’s first championship. A few weeks later while on a two-way contract with the Magic, he suffered a serious right ankle injury. Following a nearly year-long recovery, he resumed play in Lakeland, where he appeared in 16 games and shot nearly 47 percent from 3-point range.

Jaire Grayer

Grayer, another Magic summer league player and the son of former NBA player Jeff Grayer, spent last season in Lakeland, where he appeared in 24 games and averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. His season high in scoring came on Jan. 16, 2022 against Raptors 905 with 19 points. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder played four seasons at George Mason before transferring to TCU to conclude his college career. A streaky shooter, pesky defender and excellent rebounder for a guard, Grayer averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 boards at the college level. 

Greg Malinowski 

Although he hasn’t yet played, Malinowski is one of the better 3-point shooters on the Magic’s summer league team. He joined Lakeland late last season, appearing in five games and averaging 7.0 points and 2.6 assists while shooting 42.1 percent from downtown. From Chantilly, Virginia, the 6-foot-6 guard played his first three college years at William & Mary before transferring to Georgetown for his final season. One of his best college performances came in his last game as a sophomore at William & Mary when he recorded 22 points and hit five 3-pointers against Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association’s conference tournament. 

Jeremiah Tilmon

On the Magic’s summer league squad for a second straight year, Tilmon was with Lakeland last season, where he averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 31 regular season games. Although he didn’t end up getting drafted in 2021, his play at Missouri during his senior season caught the attention of scouts. He averaged 12.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks that year while helping the Tigers advance to the NCAA Tournament. 

Robert Franks

A member of Lakeland’s 2021 championship team, Franks is playing for the Boston Celtics at summer league. He so far has scored 10 points through three games.  A 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward out of Washington State, Franks has played on five professional teams over the last three years, including Orlando after signing a pair of 10-day contracts late in the 2020-21 season. Earlier this week, he inked a two-year contract with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League. 

Jordan Bone

Bone is also with the Celtics at summer league. He’s appeared in each of their first three games, averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 assists. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard was one of the Magic’s two-way contract players in the first half of the 2020-21 season. After getting waived by the team that February, he was acquired by the G League’s Delaware Blue Coats. Last season, he played overseas with both Basiktas Icrypex in Turkey and Basket Zaragoza in Spain. 

Gabe York

With the Indiana Pacers, the 28-year-old York is one of the oldest players at this year’s summer league. Through three games, he’s averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in limited minutes. The University of Arizona alum played in 41 games with Lakeland in the 2018-19 season, averaging 16.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Best known for his 3-point shooting, York landed a two-way contract deal late last season with the Pacers after a few years suiting up for various teams in the G League and overseas. 

Mychal Mulder

Mulder, a 6-foot-3, 184-pound shooting guard playing on the Miami Heat’s summer league squad, was one of the Magic’s two-way contract players at the beginning of last season. He played in 15 games total with Orlando, as well as two games with Lakeland during the Showcase Cup. He had a pair of 13-point games against the then-defending champion Bucks with Orlando in late November. Previously a Golden State Warrior as well, the now 28-year-old finished last season with the Heat.

Melvin Frazier Jr.

A former second round draft pick of the Magic, Frazier is suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves at summer league. In limited minutes, he’s averaging 3.5 points. The 25-year-old forward split time between Orlando and Lakeland during his first two NBA seasons. In 2018-19, he averaged 12.2 points with Lakeland in 18 games. The next season, he raised his scoring average to 18.1 points in 23 contests with the Magic’s G League team. He was in the Oklahoma City Thunder organization last season, splitting time between their parent club and G League squad. 

Jeff Dowtin

Not often does a player wear six different uniforms in one season. But that’s precisely what Dowtin, a 6-foot-3, 177-pound guard, did last season by playing for the Golden State Warriors, their G League affiliate in Santa Clara, the Milwaukee Bucks, their G League affiliate in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and both Orlando and Lakeland. Also a member of Lakeland’s 2021 championship team, Dowtin played in 34 total regular season games with the Magic’s G League squad. Last year, he led the team in scoring (21.1) and assists (7.0). The Toronto Raptors added him to their summer league team. Through two games, he’s averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 assists. 

Vic Law

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Law got his professional basketball start with the Magic, who added him to their summer league team in 2019 after he went undrafted out of Northwestern. They also brought him in for training camp before he landed in Lakeland. In the middle of that season, the Magic inked him to a two-way contract. He ended up playing in 41 games total with the Magic – 33 with Lakeland and eight with Orlando. Currently on the Utah Jazz’s summer league team, he’s so far appeared in three games in the Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Summer Leagues combined. 

Tahjere McCall

McCall, now 27 years old and playing on the Washington Wizards’ summer league team, was one of Lakeland’s best defenders during their 2021 championship run at Disney. He averaged 1.7 steals during the playoffs to go along with 10.7 points on 52.6 percent overall shooting and 50 percent 3-point shooting. Since his time in Lakeland, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard has played on professional teams in France, Australia and New Zealand.