The Magic were one of the four new expansion franchises awarded by the NBA in 1987 along with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Initially, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams, with one franchise going to Florida; however, when both Miami and Orlando ownership groups made successful pitches, the expansion committee decided to expand by ...
The Magic history was changed on May 17, 1992, when the franchise won the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft Lottery. The Magic selected big-man Shaquille O’Neal from Louisiana State University, the biggest prize in the draft since the Knicks won Patrick Ewing. O’Neal, a 7-foot 1-inch center, made an immediate impact on the Magic, leading the club to ...
In the 1996 offseason, O’Neal left as a free agent to the Los Angeles Lakers, dealing a huge blow to the Magic franchise. In the middle of the season, urged by player discontent, management fired coach Brian Hill and named Richie Adubato as interim coach for the rest of the season. Under Adubato, the Magic went 21–12 to compile a ...
With the number one draft pick, the Magic selected high-school phenomenon and future All-Star and franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard and traded for point guard Jameer Nelson. Nelson, who most scouts speculated to be a top-10 pick, fell to the 20th pick, and the Magic traded a future first-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets for Nelson.
The team’s new state of the art home arena, the Amway Center officially opened on October 1, 2010. The Orlando Magic hosted their first preseason game at Amway Center on October 10 against the New Orleans Hornets. The 2010 – 2011 regular-season home opener was on October 28 against the Washington Wizards, and the Magic won both games.
On August 9, 2012, ESPN reported that a four-team trade would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein was told the Lakers were to acquire Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark, the Denver Nuggets were to acquire Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers were to acquire Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic were to acquire ...
History of the Magic
The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The team was founded in 1989 as part of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since its inception, they have established itself as one of the most successful teams in NBA history. Since joining the league, they have won five division titles and two Eastern Conference championships.
Since their founding, some notable players played for them include Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway. They led them to a Finals appearance during the 1995-1996 season, where they were defeated by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls dynasty 4–0. In addition to those two stars, other notable players such as Grant Hill and Dwight Howard also wore a Magic jersey throughout their careers while helping lead this franchise into playoff contention multiple times over recent years.
In the 2010-2011 season, Dwight Howard at the center position leading all statistical categories on both ends of the court, along with veterans Jameer Nelson & Vince Carter providing veteran leadership off the bench; that year marked a resurgence back into playoffs after missing out on the previous three seasons prior under Stan Van Gundy's coaching reign which ended shortly after that due to philosophical differences between him & front office management. After consecutive first-round losses against Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers, and Toronto Raptors respectively from 2012 - 2015, current head coach Frank Vogel has taken the helm ever since the 2016 – 17 season, which saw them return into playoffs yet again but unfortunately lose each time either within first or second rounds. Nevertheless, despite all these obstacles faced through the past few decades, Orlando Magic remains one of the top franchises within the entire NBA landscape today, and everyone should keep an eye out for future success!
1989 – Present / National Basketball Association
1989 – Present / Orlando Magic
Magic – The Orlando Magic are one of the most beloved teams in the NBA, and their nickname has a long and storied history. The team was founded 1989 as an expansion franchise, joining the league alongside Minnesota Timberwolves. When it came time to choose a name for this new team, Orlando's ownership wanted something that would capture both its local flavor and its basketball heritage. After much deliberation, they settled on "Magic" – but why?
As it turns out, there is quite a bit of symbolism behind this choice! “Magic” pays homage to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park located just outside of town – making them not only Florida's first professional sports franchise but also tying them closely with one of America's most iconic destinations. Additionally, “magic” has been used throughout basketball culture since at least 1976, when Julius Erving famously coined his signature move -the ‘Dr. J Slam Dunk'- as being 'magical.' This connection further strengthens their ties to basketball while simultaneously creating an exciting visual image for fans around the world who love watching highlight reel plays from some of today's best players like Dwight Howard or Aaron Gordon, wearing blue-and-white pinstripes emblazoned with stars above each shoulder blade that reads: MAGIC!
Finally - perhaps more than anything else - choosing "Magic" gave hope to those living in Central Florida during tough times, giving people something positive to rally around while inspiring during trying moments through sheer determination & hard work against all odds (which could be seen night after night inside Amway Center).
All these elements combined make Orlando Magic so special today: A unique blend between local pride & national recognition fueled by passion & dedication from every member on board...all underlined by three simple letters: M-A-G-I-C.
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2010 – Present / Amway Center
1989 – 2010 / Amway Arena
1991 – Present / Richard DeVos
1989 – 1991 / William du Pont III, James Hewitt and Robert Hewitt
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6 / Orlando Fans “The Sixth Man”
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