The second piece that was acquired in the draft day trade that sent Arron Afflalo back to the Denver Nuggets, Devyn Marble, had a solid week for the Magic’s Summer League roster, and may have just locked up his spot on the roster. While he has yet to officially sign with the team, it seems a foregone conclusion that Marble will end up taking the final spot available on the team’s roster.
Marble, the 56th pick in last months NBA Draft, showed off his smooth shooting stroke throughout the week, while also having a profound impact on the boards. The former Iowa Hawkeye finished the week averaging 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field. Yes, his efficiency low, but the sample size of just five games and 43 shots is too low to get a sound number on Marble, who shot 41.5 percent over his four years at Iowa.
Following the team’s win against the Detroit Pistons to close out the week, Marble had this to say regarding his strong week rebounding the ball, “Yeah, especially my rebounding ability. I think I only averaged 3.4 rebounds in college, and I don’t think a lot of people understand I played the one and the two most of the time, so being able to show I could rebound from the three and the four position all week was very important this week.”
The 6-foot-6 guard was into the game defensively as well, buying into the defensive mindset that coach Wes Unseld Jr. deployed. He was active playing passing lanes and getting out in transition following turnovers, which led to a countless number of easy buckets for the Magic throughout the week.
At Iowa, he was able to draw contact and get to the free throw line at a relatively good clip, averaging 6.0 free throw attempts his senior season, and 4.4 for his four years as a Hawkeye. While he only shot more than two free throws once during the Orlando Summer League, Marble was always willing to drive and take the contact when he needed to.
He’s got the tools to be a nice backup wing in the league, but is going to have to really work to find his niche. Is he a “3-And-D” guy? Is he better suited as a slashing wing who can knock down shots both off the dribble and off the catch when needed? He has some work to do, like all rookies, but his four years in college have really payed off. If things pan out and Marble continues to improve, the Magic may have found themselves yet another steal late in the second round.