The Orlando Magic are an American Basketball team competing in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division of the NBA. The franchise was founded in 1989 and plays its home games at Amway Center. Orlando Magic are one of the twelve teams that have never won the NBA Championship.
As is common with most of the expansion teams, the Magic struggled in their initial seasons in the NBA. In 1992, the Orlando Magic won the draft lottery and picked Shaquille O'Neal as their first pick. Future Hall of Famer, Shaquille O'Neal went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year despite the Magic losing out on a Playoff spot. In 1993, Magic acquired Anfernee Hardaway from the Golden State Warriors and Hardaway and O'Neil combined to lead the Magic to their first Playoff appearance. In 1994-95, the Orlando Magic won the Conference title and reached the NBA Finals for the first time in their history. In the Finals, Magic were swept by a rampant Houston Rockets team led by Hakeem Olajuwon. The Magic won their second Conference title in 2009, but were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. Some of the prominent players to have played for the Orlando Magic include Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, Dwight Howard etc.
Magic in recent years
With the trade of Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic was rebuilding around Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic. Then they soon traded JJ Reddick, Ish Smith, and Gustavo Ayon and in return received Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih, and Doron Lamb. They finished the season with the worst record in the league.
There treacherous run of form continued as they failed to make the playoffs consistently despite drafting Victor Oladipo in 2013. Aaron Gordon was drafted the next year but their form did not seem to pick up. Domantas Sabonis was drafted in 2016 and despite possessing the likes of Harris, Gordon, Oladipo, etc. there inability to make the playoffs was staggering.
Steve Clifford was appointed as the new manager and their fortunes seems to have turned as the Magic finished seventh in his first season as the head coach. Orlando eventually lost to the Toronto Raptors after suffering injuries to their 2018 NBA Draft sixth overall pick - Mo Bamba.
Orlando Magic Record - Last 10 Seasons
|Season||Division Finish||Conference Finish||Record||Playoffs|
|2018-19 ||1st ||7th ||42-40 ||Lost First Round |
|2011-12||3rd||6th||37-29||Lost First Round|
|2010-11||2nd||4th||52-30||Lost First Round|
|2009-10||1st||2nd||59-23||Lost Conf Finals|