Despite being one of the NBA’s newest franchises, the Orlando Magic have already enjoyed a great deal of success. The team has been to the NBA Finals twice with 12 playoff appearances in 21 seasons. Orlando’s success has been propelled by great centers and two of those centers, Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal, rank among the top five Orlando Magic’s all-time scoring leaders.
5. Penny Hardaway: 7,018 points
Ranking fifth on the Orlando Magic’s all-time leading scorers list is four-time All-Star point guard Penny Hardaway. Spending his first and best years in Orlando, Hardaway entered the NBA in 1993 and averaged more than 20 points per game for three straight seasons from 1994 to 1997. He formed an outside-inside duo with Shaquille O’Neal that carried the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals just six seasons after playing .220 basketball in their inaugural year. For his six seasons in Orlando, Hardaway averaged 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists.
4. Shaquille O’Neal: 8,019 points
One of the most dominant players in NBA history, center Shaquille O’Neal ranks fourth among the Orlando Magic’s all-time leading scorers. O’Neal began his remarkable career in Orlando, spending four seasons with the Magic from 1992 to 1996. He earned the first four of his 15 All-Star appearances in Orlando where he posted averages of 27.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per contest. O’Neal won his first scoring crown in 1994-95 with 29.3 points per game, later repeating the feat with the Lakers. Now entering his 19th season, O’Neal has scored 28,255 points, ranking fifth in NBA history and first among all active players.
3. Tracy McGrady: 8,298 points
An elite swingman in his prime, seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady ranks third on the Orlando Magic’s all-time leading scorers list. McGrady spent four MVP-caliber seasons in Orlando from 2000 to 2004. Signing with the Magic after beginning his career in Toronto, McGrady jumped from 15.4 points to 26.8 points per game in his first season in Orlando. He was a back-to-back scoring champion in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with averages of 32.1 and 28.0 points per game respectively. His four years in Orlando are four of the top seven scoring average seasons in Magic history.
2. Dwight Howard: 8,538 points*
The active leader of the team and one of the NBA’s current superstars, Dwight Howard is up to second on the list of Orlando Magic all-time scoring leaders. Six seasons into his career, Howard has averaged a double-double in all of them. The back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year has averaged more than 20 points per game twice with a career high 20.7 average in 2007-08. Scoring, however, is not the core of Howard’s game, as he is rapidly climbing the NBA’s all-time leaders in rebounds and blocks, categories he has led the league in a combined five times.
1. Nick Anderson 10,650 points
The Orlando Magic’s all-time leading scorer is shooting guard Nick Anderson, the team’s longest-tenured player. Though he was never named an All-Star, Anderson was Magic’s leader during the early seasons of the team. He was the Orlando’s first ever draft selection in 1989 and he averaged double-figures in each of his ten years there. For his career-high, he averaged exactly 19.9 points per game twice in 1991-92 and 1992-93. Anderson was a great outside shooter for the Magic, knocking down more than two threes per game four times.
* Indicates the player is active with the team.
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