Magic rookie big man Mohamed Bamba boasts a 7-foot-10 wingspan.

They have come seemingly all at once — new, freakish size in the NBA with the ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot from deep and block everything that moves. Kristaps Porzingis begat Joel Embiid, who begat this year’s group of young big men who have grown up facing the basket rather than with their backs to it.
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He went to California for weeks with noted player development coach Drew Hanlen, who deconstructed Bamba’s jumper from the ground up. Hanlen lowered Bamba’s shot pocket, adjusted his fingers on the ball and eliminated a hitch Bamba had before shooting. Bamba displayed much improved form before the Draft, but even if he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn, he was going high — and, he did, to the Orlando Magic with the sixth pick overall. Desperate to regain relevance in the East, the Magic hired Steve Clifford after he was fired by Charlotte to try and improve their awful defense. At the least, Clifford inherited ridiculous size on his roster, with Bamba joining 6-foot-10 second-year forward Jonathan Isaac and newly re-signed 6-foot-9 forward Aaron Gordon.

Bamba must show he can be a killer on the floor like Embiid, and will work to make that happen. The only significant question about him coming into the Draft was the consistency of his motor at Texas. In Las Vegas this week for Summer League with his new team, Bamba is getting his feet wet while keeping them firmly planted to the ground.

Green averaged 12.1 points in just 22.7 minutes per contest for the Rockets, his highest output since the 2013-14 campaign.

Meanwhile, Houston lost Trevor Ariza and Max Tuerk Youth Jersey Luc Mbah a Moute, a pair of athletic swingmen, this summer from free agency and therefore aren’t a better team on paper than last season, although the Rockets might soon add Carmelo Anthony, for whatever that’s worth.

The Lakers welcome LeBron, but they didn’t get Paul George, who stayed in Oklahoma City, and the idea of trading for Kawhi Leonard this season remains a fantasy, at least for now.

Trevor Williams (R), 27 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at San Diego Padres: This recommendation has more to do with the opponent than anything else. After all, the Padres rank 30th in wOBA (.289), 28th in ISO (.134) and 27th in wRC+ (84). San Diego’s 25.6 percent strikeout rate is also the second highest in baseball. So, yeah, this is a pretty good matchup for Williams. Despite holding a 5.23 ERA since the beginning of May, the right-hander has pitched well during his past two starts, limiting his opponents (the Brewers and Diamondbacks) to three earned runs and six hits in Larry Fitzgerald Authentic Jersey 13 innings (2.07 ERA) with 13 strikeouts. Williams’ track record tells us he’s not exactly trustworthy, but matchups don’t get much better than this