Donta Hall provided Magic with non-stop energy in late-season reserve role

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This is the ninth in a series of player capsules from the Orlando Magic’s 2020-21 season:

Donta Hall, forward/center

Games: 13. Games started: 0

Per-game averages: 5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.4 steals, 0.6 turnovers, 13.8 minutes.

Shooting: 71.4% FG, 0% 3FG (no attempts), 67.6% FT

Contract status: Hall signed two 10-day contracts in April, was released before the second one expired and then later was signed for the remainder of the season. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Top game: May 16 vs. 76ers — 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 turnovers, 14.0 Game Score

The buzz: Hall was a walking source of energy for the Magic, who signed him for frontcourt depth and to help the team play out the season. He was an efficient contributor as he gave Orlando nearly six points and five rebounds in just under 14 minutes per game.

Hall made his Magic debut April 14 in Chicago and made three impact plays in a span of 1:17. He pulled down a rebound on his first defensive possession, and it led to a fast-break dunk for James Ennis. Nearly 30 seconds later, Hall ran the floor in transition and was rewarded with a pass from Ennis that he converted into a layup and free throw for a three-point play.

On the ensuing Chicago possession, Hall blocked the shot of Lauri Markkanen.

Hall finished with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in the 115-106 victory.

While he plays with a high energy level and tremendous hustle, his offensive skills are mostly effective around the rim — or more specifically at it. He shot 83.3% (20-for-24) at the rim and all 73 of his points came in the paint, with his longest field goals (two) coming from 11 feet.

The future: With Jonathan Isaac on track to return next season and the emergence of rookie Chuma Okeke plus Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. at center, the Magic are in good shape with their frontcourt. But if this season underscored anything, it’s that depth cannot be overstated. While he’s played in just 22 NBA games, Hall’s motor and energy might get him a look from the Magic as a third-string center option. Hall, who will turn 24 in August, also could slot into some minutes at power forward if needed.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Roy Parry at rparry@orlandosentinel.com. Follow on Twitter @osroyparry

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