Stanley Robinson, #24 of the Orlando Magic, dunks during a game against the New Orleans Hornets.
The Orlando Magic announced that they waived forward Stanley Robinson after the Magic's 25-point preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday evening. Orlando's roster now stands at 14 players, one below the league maximum, with Malik Allen the lone remaining player without a guaranteed contract.
Robinson, selected with the 59th pick in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft after playing four seasons with the Connecticut Huskies, played in five preseason games with the Magic, though he earned just over eight minutes of action per game.
SB Nation's Orlando Pinstriped Post gave a brief rundown of Robinson's game after learning of his release from the Magic.
Robinson's a spectacular athlete who endeared himself to his teammates with his humble attitude and willingness to work. He doesn't have a ranged jumper just yet, but is a dynamic fastbreak finisher, an excellent rebounder for his position, and has the tools to be a plus perimeter defender. Last week, he told me he patterned his game after Charlotte Bobcats All-Star Gerald Wallace. Though I frankly don't see Robinson ever reaching Wallace's level as a player--when he was Robinson's age, Wallace was stuffing stat sheets wit 11.1 points, 5.5 boards, 2 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1 block in 68 starts--it's true that he could be similarly effective if he fine-tuned his game. Not fouling would be a start.
Since the Magic didn't necessarily have to waive any players, it's interesting that they decided to bring him to camp in lieu of allowing him to sign overseas and retain his rights since he was obviously a player that would need considerable time to develop before being ready to contribute to an NBA roster.
Robinson is just the second draft pick to be released by his NBA team this preseason, joining Milwaukee Bucks' second round draft pick Tiny Gallon who was recently picked up by the Boston Celtics. If Robinson isn't similarly picked up by another NBA team and decides to play in the NBA Development League this season, his rights would be owned by the New Mexico Thunderbirds.