The Orlando Magic have been a part of the NBA since 1989. Their four long-term starting point guards – Darrell Armstrong, Penny Hardaway, Scott Skiles, and Jameer Nelson – carry the Orlando Magic’s all-time assist leaders.
5. Jameer Nelson: 1,860 assists*
Current starting point guard Jameer Nelson has climbed to fifth on the list of Orlando Magic all-time assist leaders. Nelson was drafted by the Magic in 2004 and is in his seventh season with the team. Since 2007-08, he has averaged more than five assists per game every year and in 2009 he was selected to his first All-Star team. Through 399 games, Nelson has career averages of 12.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
4. Nick Anderson: 1,937 assists
Orlando’s career scoring leader Nick Anderson ranks second among the Magic’s all-time assist leaders. Anderson was Orlando’s first ever draft pick in 1989 and he spent ten seasons with the team, primarily from the shooting guard position. For the duration of his tenure in Orlando, he averaged 2.8 assists per game, but he topped out at 4.1 in the team’s 1994-95 NBA Finals run. A pure shooter, Anderson averaged 15.4 points per contest for a total of 10,650 with the Magic.
3. Penny Hardaway: 2,343 assists
Four-time All-Star guard Penny Hardaway ranks third on the Orlando Magic’s all-time assist leaders list. Hardaway began his career as one of the top point guards in basketball, earning three consecutive All-NBA selections from 1995 to 1997. Though persistent injuries slowed him as his career progressed, he left Orlando in 1999 with six-year averages of 19.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
2. Darrell Armstrong: 2,555 assists
The 1999 NBA Most Improved Player, point guard Darrell Armstrong stands second on the Orlando Magic’s all-time assist leaders list. Armstrong was picked up by Orlando in 1994, he became a regular in 1996, and he worked his way into the starting point guard job in 1999-00. Armstrong’s breakout year came in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign when he averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.2 steals, finishing in the top ten in both assists and steals and winning both the Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player Awards. He averaged a career-high 7.0 assists per game in 2000-01.
1. Scott Skiles: 2,776 assists
The Orlando Magic all-time assist leader is former point guard and current Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles. Skiles joined the original Orlando Magic team via the expansion draft in 1989 and spent five seasons as the team’s floor general. He averaged 12.9 points and 7.2 assists per game for his tenure and he reached a career best 9.4 assists in 1992-93. In 1990, Skiles set the NBA’s all-time record for assists in a single game with 30 against the Nuggets. His career average of 6.5 assists per game is good for the top 40 in NBA history.
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