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Troy Caupain Gets Two-Way Deal with Orlando Magic

NBA gods be praised!

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The takeover of the NBA by former Cincinnati Bearcats is continuing. We already know about Lance Stephenson and the hard road that Sean Kilpatrick took to the professional level. Then Jacob Evans was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors this year and Gary Clark signed a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets. Meanwhile, Kyle Washington is serving up his unique brand of post offense with the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League.

The most recent news coming from the Bearcats in the NBA universe comes via Troy Caupain, the senior leader of the 2016-17 team that has been grinding it out in the G League the last year and finally earned himself a two-way deal with the Orlando Magic.

During this past season with the Lakeland Magic, Caupain was pretty excellent, stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He accounted for 5.5 win shares and an offensive rating of 115 while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. That offensive improvement is a big reason the Magic are giving him more of a shot this year.

While this is obviously good news, there are some pitfalls to the two-way contract model. The hope is that Caupain will continue working hard (we know he will) and take the next step on the back of this new opportunity.

The NBA is being filled with the Bearcats and I, for one, am all for it.