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Orlando Magic Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Orlando Magic have been an NBA franchise since 1989, but for some reason it seems longer than that. They sure have been competitive, with 11 playoff appearances, despite having no championships yet. But the Magic have been to the NBA finals twice, losing in 1995 to Houston and most recently in 2009 to the Lakers. Not surprisingly, this team has had some great players, and what follows is a short list of the Magics’ leading scorers to date:
Nick Anderson (10,650)—Forward/guard Nick Anderson played most of his career in Orlando, from 1989 to 1999, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 10,650 total points. Anderson only topped 1500 points once, and that was his best season of 1992-93, when he scored 1574 points, not quite 20 per game.
Tracy McGrady (8298)—Forward Tracy McGrady played only four seasons with the Magic, from 2000 to 2004, but in that short time racked up 8298 points to rank second in franchise history. McGrady never scored less than 1878 points with Orlando, and he had his two best seasons in a Magic uniform. The best season of McGrady’s career (so far) was 2002-03, when he scored a career high 2407 points (32 per game).
Shaquille O’Neal (8019)—Center Shaquille O’Neal, better known in every sports circle as “Shaq,” began his career in Orlando after being drafted out of LSU. Shaq only played four seasons with the Magic, from 1992 to 1996, but was on that team in 1995 that went to the finals. He ranks third in Magic history with 8019 points, and he scored over 2000 points twice while with Orlando. Shaq led the NBA in 1994-95 with 2315 points, but his best season was 1993-94, when he scored a career best 2377 points (29 points per game). He also led the NBA with .599 field goal percentage.
Dwight Howard (7763)—Center/forward Dwight Howard has played for Orlando his entire career so far, from 2004 until now as I write this in 2010. Howard is one of the bright young stars in the NBA, and led his team to the finals in 2009. He currently ranks fourth in team history with 7763 total points, and Howard’s best season so far was 2007-08, when he scored a career high 1695 points (21 per game) and led the NBA in defensive rebounds (882) and total rebounds (1161).
Anfernee Hardaway (7018)—Guard/forward Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway played for the Magic from 1993 to 1999 and ranks fifth in franchise history with 7018 points. Hardaway scored over 1200 points four times for Orlando, and his best season was with them in 1995-96, when he scored a career best 1780 points (22 points per game).