NBA: All-Time Starting 5 of the Orlando Magic
Guard – Penny Hardaway
A 6’7” point guard, Penny Hardaway was the second coming of Magic Johnson. Hardaway had the size and the passing ability to rival Magic’s. He spent six seasons in Orlando before being traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1999. Hardaway was a four-time All-Star during his tenure with the Magic.
Hardaway was also named to the All-NBA Second Team twice and the All-NBA Third Team once. Injuries slowed down the promising career of Hardaway during his stints with Suns and the New York Knicks. Despite that, Penny ranks seventh in points, tenth in rebounds, fourth in assists, third in steals, and tenth in blocks in the franchise leaderboards.
Honorable Mention: Guard – Scott Skiles
Before Penny Hardaway, Scott Skiles was the Magic’s starting point guard. He helped the team make the playoffs once and he was really an underrated player in the franchise’s history. Skiles still holds the record for most assists in a single NBA game with 30. He did in 1990 against the Denver Nuggets.Published 21 Jan 2019, 20:09 IST