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The Best Orlando Magic of All Time

Updated June 13, 2020 13.8k votes 2.2k voters 39.5k views74 items

List RulesPlease rank the players based only on their time with the Magic.

A list of the best Orlando Magic of all time. Formed in 1989, the Orlando Magic's time as a franchise as been as topsy-turvy as a theme park rollercoaster. The Magic have seen some magical years and some bad ones as well. Whenever things looked bleak for Orlando, a superstar player would magically appear on its roster.The franchise may be known mostly for big name stars bolting the city for larger markets, the best Magic players are some of the greatest in NBA history. Shaquille O'Neal was the first superstar to play for the Magic. During his time in Orlando, Shaq was the best young player in the league. Between he and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, the Magic had two of the brightest stars in the league. 

After Shaq bolted for Los Angeles and Hardaway had major knee surgery that made a shell of his former self, the Magic looked to find two new superstars to replace them. In came Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill. While Hill was hampered by injuries, McGrady developed into one of the greatest Magic players of all time. When McGrady left, Dwight Howard arrived to take over. As the best center in the NBA, Howard took the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009. But like Shaq, Howard skipped town when he was traded to Los Angeles in 2012. 

Orlando has had some of the best current players in the NBA on its team since it came into the league, a number that would make other teams jealous. It's hard landing one superstar, nevertheless a number of the greatest players in basketball history, but the Magic have done exactly that.

This is a list of the best Orlando Magic of all time. If you think someone should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this according to who you think should be considered the greatest Orlando Magic player in team history.
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    Age49

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

    Shaquille Rashaun "Shaq" O'Neal ( shə-KEEL; SHAK; born March 6, 1972) is a retired professional American basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA on TNT. He...  more

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    823
    207

    Penny Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    Number1

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns

    Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National Basketball...  more

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    #1 of 46 The Greatest Memphis Basketball Players of All Time#52 of 100 The Best Current College Basketball Coaches

  • 3
    795
    206

    Age35

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Number12

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

    Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time All-Star,...  more

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    924
    250

    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

    Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as both...  more

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  • 5
    288
    93

    Age30

    BirthplaceMorges, Switzerland

    Number9

    TeamsChicago Bulls

    Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for...  more

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    #12 of 68 The Best NBA Centers Right Now#87 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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    392
    177

    Grant Hill

    Small forward

    Age48

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

    Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972) is a former American professional basketball player and current Hudl videographer for Orlando City SC. He is also currently a host of NBA TV's NBA Inside...  more

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    346
    140

    Hedo Türkoğlu

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceGaziosmanpaşa, Turkey

    Number15

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic

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  • 8
    332
    142

    Horace Grant

    Power forward, Center

    Age56

    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls

    Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University before playing professionally in the National...  more

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    #31 of 80 Twins in Sports#29 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 9
    231
    87

    Rashard Lewis

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age42

    BirthplacePineville, Louisiana, United States of America

    Number9

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Seattle Supersonics

    Rashard Quovon Lewis (born August 8, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. Rashard entered the NBA directly from Alief Elsik High School. He rose to prominence in the NBA as a...  more
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    305
    145

    Nick Anderson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

    Nelison “Nick” Anderson (born January 20, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for thirteen years. Born in Chicago,...  more

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    #15 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#9 of 25 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 80s

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    272
    128

    Dennis Scott

    Small forward

    Age53

    BirthplaceHagerstown, Maryland

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Vancouver Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Dennis Eugene Scott (born September 5, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) small forward from Georgia Tech, and the 1990 ACC Men's Basketball Player of...  more
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    219
    82

    Aaron Gordon

    Power forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Number50

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Aaron Addison Gordon (born September 16, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college...  more
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    229
    92

    Vince Carter

    Small forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Number25

    TeamsToronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks

    Vincent Lamar Carter Jr. (born January 26, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who is a basketball analyst for ESPN. He has been ranked as the greatest dunker of all time by...  more

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    #1261 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#3 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

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    200
    105

    Scott Skiles

    Point guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceLa Porte, Indiana

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks

    Scott Allen Skiles Sr. (born March 5, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as the head coach of the Orlando Magic. He also coached the Phoenix Suns,...  more

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    #85 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#65 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    153

    Jameer Nelson

    Point guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceChester, Pennsylvania

    Number14

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. He played college basketball for the Saint Joseph's Hawks, where he was named national college...  more
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    183
    84

    J. J. Redick

    Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceCookeville, Tennessee

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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  • 17
    142
    84

    Age53

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, New Orleans Pelicans

    Darrell Eugene Armstrong (born June 22, 1968) is a former American professional basketball player, who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is currently an assistant coach...  more
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    207
    130

    Victor Oladipo

    Shooting guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number4

    TeamsMiami Heat

    Kehinde Babatunde Victor Oladipo (born May 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the...  more

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    73
    21

    Jonathan Isaac

    Power forward

    BirthplaceThe Bronx, New York

    Number1

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Jonathan Judah Isaac (born October 3, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the...  more
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    92

    Steve Francis

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

    Steven D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. He was selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft, and was named the NBA Rookie...  more

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    70

    Evan Fournier

    Shooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceSaint-Maurice, France

    Number10

    TeamsNew York Knicks

    Evan Mehdi Fournier is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He played junior basketball at the French INSEP...  more

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    #54 of 75 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#31 of 90 The Best Current NBA International Players

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    66
    24

    Terrence Ross

    Small forward, Shooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Number31

    TeamsOrlando Magic

    Terrence James Elijah Ross (born February 5, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for...  more

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    #34 of 50 The Best Current NBA Free-Throw Shooters#18 of 25 Every NBA Player To Make 10 Or More 3-Pointers In A Game

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    111
    74

    Mike Miller

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceMitchell, South Dakota

    Number13

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

    Michael Lloyd Miller (born February 19, 1980) is an American former basketball player who is an assistant college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers. He played in college for the Florida Gators,...  more

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    #62 of 72 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#25 of 31 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

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    95
    65

    Bo Outlaw

    Power forward, Center

    Age50

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers

    Charles "Bo" Outlaw (born April 13, 1971) is an American professional retired basketball player. Outlaw was known for his athleticism, tenacious defensive approach and sub-par free-throw shooting...  more
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    111
    80

    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Number10

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP Two-step"...  more

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