The Orlando Magic are a professional basketball team situated in Orlando, Florida. They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise was founded in 1989. The team is owned by an organization called as the Orlando Magic Ltd, a subsidiary of RDV Sports, Inc. Blue, Black, White and silver are the official colors printed on the jersey of the team.
The Orlando Magic officially entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989. The Magic hired Matt Guokas as the team’s first coach, who helped the Magic select twelve players in the NBA Expansion Draft on June 15, 1989. The first game the Magic played on November 4, 1989, at the Orlando Arena (O-Rena) against the visiting [New Jersey Nets], who won 111- 106 in a hard-fought game. The Magic’s first victory came two days later, as the Magic defeated the [New York Knicks] 118–110 in Orlando.
During the 1994-95 season which was the sixth season of Orlando Magic, Horace Grant who was an All-star forward was acquired from the Chicago Bulls as a free agent, while a young Shaquille O’Neal emerged as the league top scorer having been first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. A record of 57-25 was compiled by Orlando Magic which was the best in the East. By winning the title of the Atlantic division this team became the second quickest team to reach the NBA finals in the history of the league. During the playoffs the Orlando Magic beat the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics and reached to the NBA finals. However in the finals the Houston Rockets defeated Orlando Magic by a score of 4-0 and their dream of a championship could not be fulfilled. However the team managed to win the Eastern conference title and the Division title.
During the 1995-96 season the Orlando Magic reached the top of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference with a record of 60-22 and were led by Penny Hardaway and O’Neal. The Orlando Magic was ranked at the second position and the first spot was occupied by the Chicago Bulls who had the NBA all-time best record of 72-10. However the team was able to clinch the Atlantic division title.
In 2009, the Magic reached the NBA Finals for the second time, losing 4-1 to the Los Angeles Lakers. Orlando’s stars from that side included Dwight Howard, who was a defensive league leader for rebounds and blocks, along with Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson.
The Amway Arena is the home court for the Orlando Magic. It has a maximum capacity of 17,519. Few notable players like Shaquille O’Neal, Dominique Wilkins and Patrick Ewing have all played for the team at one time or the other.
- 6 Division titles (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2019)
- 2 Conference title (1995, 2009)