Hassani Gravett has wholesome reaction to first start in Atlanta

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Hassani Gravett has wholesome reaction to first start in Atlanta
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Hassani Gravett signed with the Orlando Magic just last week, and the undrafted rookie from South Carolina has had the opportunity to experience plenty of firsts in the NBA in such a small time frame.

That includes playing, and starting, in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Gravett earned the start on Wednesday for the short-handed Magic in just his third career game in the NBA. He recorded eight points, five rebounds and five assists to help lead the Magic to a 104-98 win over the Hawks for their second straight victory.

He went 3-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

The Magic were forced to sign four players from the Lakeland Magic on Friday via hardship exceptions by the NBA when five were entered into the health and safety protocols. They now have six players out because of protocols, plus another five down with injuries.

The win, head coach Jamahl Mosley said, gave them something to celebrate.

We always talk about celebrating the small successes. … We got four of these guys that are actually from Atlanta so them being able to play in front of their family and their friends, that’s the thing you celebrate, especially around the holidays.

The familiarity Gravett has with the system in Orlando has enabled him to have strong contributions since signing last week. He played with the Magic in the Las Vegas Summer League and was with them during training camp and the preseason so he has knowledge of their plays.

Lakeland runs much of the same plays and sets that are called in Orlando, allowing for a smooth transition for Gravett and the other three players that signed. Gravett is averaging seven points, four rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games with Orlando.

The performance on Wednesday was one Gravett will remember for a long time.

Gravett will rejoin Lakeland once the Magic get more players back from injuries and the health and safety protocols. The opportunity to log playing time in the NBA will be short-lived for the time being, but the memories will likely last a lifetime for Gravett and others like him.

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