Five NBA Hall of Famers have played for the Magic at some point. That number will rise to six whenever Dwight Howard retires from the NBA and becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame.
For this piece, let’s take a look at the five greatest Magic players of all time. There has been no shortage of talent down in Orlando, that is for sure.
5. Nick Anderson
In 692 games with the Magic, Nick Anderson averaged 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He has played more games in an Orlando uniform than anyone else in franchise history.
Anderson is the Magic’s all-time leader in games played, field goals and steals.
4. Penny Hardaway
Anfernee Hardaway was a superstar for the Magic before injuries derailed his career. Penny averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 369 games for Orlando.
Hardaway is the Magic’s franchise leader in steals per game (1.9). It’s unfortunate the four-time All-Star had to suffer injuries because he was on his way to becoming one of the best guards in NBA history.
3. Tracy McGrady
One of the most gifted scorers the game has ever seen, Tracy McGrady put up 28.1 points per game in four seasons with the Magic. The Hall of Famer won two scoring titles with Orlando and was named the 2001 Most Improved Player.
T-Mac is the franchise leader in minutes per game, points per game and usage percentage.
2. Shaquille O’Neal
Arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal averaged 27.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in 295 games with the Magic. He won the 1993 Rookie of the Year Award and was a four-time All-Star during his four-year run in Central Florida.
“The Diesel” scored 8,019 points with the Magic, good for sixth in franchise history. Shaq is first in Orlando’s history in blocks per game, player efficiency rating and win-shares per 48 minutes. He made the Hall of Fame in 2016.
1. Dwight Howard
It’s too bad Dwight Howard’s divorce from the Magic was messy because he’s the best player in franchise history. “Superman” averaged 18.4 points and 13.0 rebounds in 621 games with Orlando. He was a six-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year with the club.
Howard is the Magic’s franchise leader in minutes played, free-throws, total rebounds, blocks, points, rebounds per game and win-shares.