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Orlando Magic

Based in sunny Orlando, Florida, the Orlando Magic entered the NBA alongside the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1989–90 season.

Initial performance was nothing to write home about. That all changed in 1992 when a promising center, Shaquille O’Neal, was drafted. The impact? Immediate. The team’s record leaped to a tie for the last playoff spot, though a tiebreaker with the Indiana Pacers dashed hopes.

Luck and Strategy

1993 brought another twist. A draft lottery win against the odds saw the Magic secure the first overall pick. This was strategically traded for Anfernee (“Penny”) Hardaway and future picks.

By 1994-95, their fortunes rocketed, culminating in an NBA finals appearance. The opponent? The Houston Rockets. The result? A disappointing four-game sweep. A blow followed at the 1995-96 season’s end. O’Neal, the game-changer, shifted allegiance to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Subsequent seasons witnessed consistent regular-season successes but postseason misfortunes, including the trade of the often-injured Hardaway in 1999.

The Second Wind

By 2003–04, the Magic’s spell seemed to wane, bottoming out in league rankings. Yet, another draft lottery win promised a revival. Enter Dwight Howard, a young center, reminiscent of the O’Neal era.

Accompanied by Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, 2007-08 witnessed a playoff comeback. 2008-09 went a step further, with an NBA finals run, only to be halted by the Lakers. The subsequent season saw another promising run but ended at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.

Turbulence and Transition

2011-12 turned stormy as Howard requested a trade, which was finalized with the Lakers in 2012.

What followed was a plunge. The team’s performance in 2012-13, marked by a last-place finish, was a sign of future struggles. This downtrend persisted until 2018-19, when the Magic waved a wand of resurgence under new leadership with Steve Clifford, clinching a division title. However, the magic was short-lived, with a first-round postseason exit. A similar fate befell them in 2019-20.

The next season, marred by injuries, forced a massive roster shake-up and ended with a dismal record. The result? A parting of ways between the franchise and Clifford.

From soaring highs to challenging lows, the Magic’s journey mirrors the unpredictability of the game. As the next chapter unfolds, fans remain hopeful, ever eager for the next spark of magic.


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