Jonathan Simmons to the Orlando Magic

Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Orlando Magic have signed Jonathan Simmons to a 3 year deal.

My first instinct is that I like this move a lot. The Magic clearly are attempting to bolster their bench, as the bench lineup now presumably looks like:

PG: Shelvin Mack & DJ Augustin

SG: Terrence Ross

SF: Mario Hezonja/ Wesley Iwundu

PF: Jonathan Isaac

C: Bismack Biyombo

Along with a starting lineup of:

Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Simmons, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic

The Magic will need to have at least one of Terrence Ross, Elfrid Payton, or Aaron Gordon to make a significant stride in their production in order to sniff the playoff race. The Magic lacked a bench presence, and this signing continues to solidify the bench, which is my biggest takeaway from the Simmons signing.

The Magic will also look for Wesley Iwundu to contribute right away, as that was something I pegged as a pro for Iwundu, along with his 7’0+ wingspan and versatility on both ends of the floor.

Simmons was a productive player in the San Antonio Spurs’ system in 2016-17, but is 27 and has played just two seasons. His averages for the two seasons there were 6 PPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 RPG on 45% shooting, and 32% from 3. Simmons is an excellent defender, and is intelligent with the ball, exhibited by his low turnover per game figure (1 per game). Simmons will help be a glue guy in Orlando, making it easier to mesh the talent currently on the roster. Look for Orlando to be a potential sleeper candidate this season for around the 8 or 9 seed.

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