RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three players with ties to Richmond opened up the NBA offseason with their first game for the Orlando Magic Summer League team. Former Richmond Spiders Justin Harper and Kevin Anderson, and former VCU Ram Brad Burgess are all suiting up for the Magic this week.
The team played their first game Monday morning in the games that are being hosted in Orlando at the Magic's Amway Center practice arena.
Harper, the only one of the three who is actually on the Magic's active roster, had a big game, with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Anderson also saw meaningful playing time, exploding for all of his nine points in the third quarter. Burgess did not get a chance to come off the bench.
The NBA's summer leagues give a chance for young NBA players to get game-type experience, while allowing players who are not on NBA squads to impress scouts. Harper was a rookie for the Magic last year, but didn't see much playing time. He looked physically larger and stronger after a year in an NBA weight room.
Anderson spent last season playing in France, but is hoping for a chance on an NBA team. Burgess was not taken in last month's NBA draft, and is still looking for a spot to play in the upcoming season.
Magic draft picks Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn both shined in their professional debuts, combining for 40 points as Orlando defeated the Brooklyn Nets 92-88 to open the Orlando Summer Pro League.