Kai Sotto sits as Magic lose against Pistons in NBA Summer League.

Kai Sotto, a Filipino basketball prodigy who has been generating a lot of buzz with his exceptional skills and potential, was benched in a shocking turn of events during the NBA Summer League game between the Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons. The 7-foot-3, highly touted center was visibly dejected as he watched the struggles of his team from the bench. Sotto showed maturity and a team-oriented attitude despite the limited time he had on the court.

Sotto was missed by the Magic who lost to the Pistons. Detroit took advantage their size advantage to dominate the boards. The Magic’s absence of the young center in the paint, and his ability to alter shots was sorely felt. But this is just one small setback for Sotto. He still has an exciting future ahead. His determination and perseverance will help him to bounce back in future games and show off his incredible talent on the court.

Kai Sotto NBA Summer League

FILE – Kai Sotto during training with the Orlando Magic for the NBA Summer League.

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino fans were left disappointed after Kai Sotto was benched at the start of the Orlando Magic’s campaign in the NBA Summer League on Sunday (Manila time) in Las Vegas.

Sotto’s Summer League debut will have to wait after he logged a DNP (Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision) in an 89-78 Magic loss to the Detroit Pistons.

James Wiseman formed an impressive frontcourt for Pistons.

Wiseman was the second pick overall in the NBA Draft 2020. He led Detroit with 16 point, 11 rebounds, and two blocks.

Duren was the 13th pick overall in last year’s draft. He scored 17 points as well as eight rebounds. Jaden Ivey (5th pick) in the same class added 14 points with five steals.

Kevon Black, the Magic’s sixth-overall pick from last month, scored 17 points and added five rebounds.

DJ Wilson, a player for the Osceola Magic G League team, began at the center position for Orlando. He had four points and three rebounds in 26 minutes.

The Magic return to action against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday.


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