We knew that Romero Osby had NBA potential. Now the rest of the NBA's summer league is getting a glimpse at the former Sooner standout. In Sunday's 95-88 win over the Boston Celtics Osby tied for a team-high 18 points. He also grabbed five boards, recorded a steal, had two assists and blocked a shot. Although he didn't start, he came off the bench to play 24 minutes and 28 seconds.
The Magic trailed Boston 26-22 after the end of the first but would outscore the Celtics by nine in the second to take a 47-42 lead at the break. Boston regained the lead in the third but Orlando outscored them 25-17 in the fourth for the win.
Osby entered the game at the 6:16 mark of the first quarter and then scored his first basket at the 2:13 mark. He ended up with six points in the first but his highlight moment came with just over a minute left in the quarter when he recorded the assist on an ally oop dunk to DeQuan Jones.
Romero would throw it down himself as he opened up the second quarter with a dunk off an offensive rebound. He went back to the bench at the 8:22 mark with 8 points and two boards to his credit. He'd have another stint in the second but defensive adjustments by the Celtics would leave him scoreless for the remainder of the half.
Back-to-back baskets, via a jump shot and a layup, early in the third put Osby's scoring at 12 points for the game and then two free throws would give him six second half points in less than a 90 second span. His final four points came in the last period in what cannot be described as anything but a successful debut.
The Magic play again on Monday morning against Oklahoma City.