Red Claws Draft Magnum Rolle, Steal of the D-League Draft
Rolle was selected 51st overall in June's NBA Draft by the Pacers. After a stellar Summer League, the 6-11 Rolle became a fan favorite but didn't quite make the cut. He should be considered one of the top call-up prospects with an excellent combination of size, range, and athleticism. How athletic, you ask? Ask Terrence Williams.
Rolle has as many weaknesses as any D-League draft prospect, but is also a stellar prospect and more than that is an actual viable big man. Think of it! A viable! NBA D-League! Big! Those never exist! Next to Paul Harris, Tiny Gallon and Mario West, the Red Claws are already looking very much like a team that could be back in playoff contention as they were last year before a late-season slide.
Rolle had a high usage rate with little impact in preseason, but with some time in the D-League, that may be just what he needs to develop his game at the next level. A great fit all around. Plus, his name is awesome, so he's got that going for him.