Michigan State alum Keith Appling will once again participate in the summer league, playing for the Orlando Magic this time around.
Appling spent four seasons under Tom Izzo in East Lansing, becoming a Big Ten staple as the primary ball handler for the Spartans. Throughout his career in East Lansing Appling averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and became a leader for his school. Unfortunately for Appling, though, he was never able to recapture his freshman performance from deep, when he hit 41.1% from three. Appling was a solid collegiate point guard, but his lack of an outside shot was detrimental to his NBA hopes.
After spending time with the Portland Trail Blazers in the summer league last season, Appling ended up signing with the Lakers before being waived in late October. He would ultimately land in the D-League, originally with the Los Angeles D-Fenders before being traded to the Erie Bayhawks in March. The former Spartan played in 38 games, starting 21, averaging 10.5 points and 3.9 assists per game. Unfortunately he only shot 40.2% from the field, including a dreadful 18.9% from three.
Now that Appling has gotten his feet wet in the NBA, he'll try once again to land a spot on a NBA roster as he plays with the Magic in the NBA Summer League this month. Appling had an impressive career in East Lansing, but it appears to be an uphill battle if he wants to land in the NBA this upcoming season.