About Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic joined the NBA in 1989 as an expansion team and it has been a fairly successful franchise so far qualifying for 14 playoff appearances within 27 years of existence.
The team has reached the finals twice but is yet to claim the NBA championship. The Magic won five division titles, three of them come from their current division which is Southeast Division in Eastern Conference; which they share with Miami Heat that claimed its titles 7 times and who the Magic have a rivalry with that initially peaked in mid-nineties.
The Magic’s colours are blue, silver, black and white and their mascot is neon green dragon named Stuff the Magic Dragon who entertained the fans since the franchise’s inception.
The team’s head coach is Scott Smiles, a former point guard who holds the NBA record for most assists in a single game, 30 which he achieved while playing for the Magic in 1991 the same year he was awarded NBA Most Improved Player.
He had several coaching jobs after retiring from playing basketball and he became Orlando’s coach in 2015.
Whilst the franchise might lack big names they still have a good core unit of talented players that include Tobias Harris, a forward who joined the team in 2013 after appending first seasons in Milwaukee and he saw playing time increase causing his production on the court to spike too. He can be seen contributing to points total as well as making defensive plays, mainly trying to be a reliable rebounder.
Elfrid Payton is a fairly fresh addition to the NBA, this point guard was selected in first round of 2014 draft by the Magic and his versatile style of game earned him nomination to NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2015. Before joining the NBA he was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
Nikola Vucevic is the team’s leader in rebounds, this Montenegrin center was traded to Orlando in 2012 and he has been working on improving his skill. Despite short time spent with the team he already managed to set the franchise’s record in rebounds in a single game with 29 of them. He’s been steadily improving his scoring efficiency leading the team in this particular statistic as well as in rebounding.