Posted by Melanie Curtsinger, Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:45 AM
25 By the Numbers
With the Magic entering its 25th Silver Season of basketball, I decided to look a little deeper into the franchise to find 25 interesting details from this past season and beyond. We hope you enjoy these glimpses into the Magic as we embark upon this anniversary campaign!
25 – During the 2012-13 season, the average age of the Magic’s roster was 25 years and 262 days old, the sixth-youngest roster in the NBA.
24 – On Saturday, Mar. 24, 2013, the Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson was named winner of the 2012-13 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award at the 23rd Annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) Black Tie & Tennies Gala.
23 – The Orlando Magic will be entering its 23rd season under the ownership of the DeVos family. The DeVos family purchased the Magic in September 19, 1991. The acquisition and operation of the Magic is a family affair including Rich, his wife Helen, and their four children and spouses: Dick and Betsy DeVos, Dan and Pamella DeVos, Cheri DeVos Vander Weide, and Doug and Maria DeVos.
22 – Magic players have been selected to the represent the Magic in the NBA All-Star Game 22 times.
21 – No. 21 Maurice Harkless is the youngest player on the current Magic roster. There are only 13 players on current NBA rosters younger than Harkless, who turned 20 on May 11.
20 – At 20 years, 257 days old, Tobias Harris became the second-youngest player in Magic history to score 30+ points in a game on Mar. 29, 2013 at Charlotte.
19 – Rookie Maurice Harkless recorded then-career-highs of 19 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in 42 minutes of action on Feb. 2 at Milwaukee, becoming just the second teenager since 1985 to record 19 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in a single game.
18 – Magic players have recorded a triple-double 18 times in team history. The most recent triple-double was Hedo Turkoglu on Jan. 3, 2011 (10 pts., 14 rebs., 10 asts. Vs. GS).
17 – The Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) presented checks totaling $1,050,000 to 17 grantee organizations from three counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole and Osceola) in January of 2013. That marked the third consecutive year the Orlando Magic Youth Fund has presented checks totaling more than $1 million.
16 – The Magic have recorded 16 seasons with a .500 or better record since 1992-93 (only three teams – San Antonio, Utah, L.A. Lakers and Houston – have more winning seasons in those 21 years).
15 – On Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston, Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson both represented Orlando in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Vucevic recorded 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes, as Team Chuck defeated Team Shaq, 163-135. Nicholson tallied six points and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action.
14 – The Orlando Magic has reached the NBA Playoffs 14 times in their history. Orlando has advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals four times (1995, 1996, 2009, 2010) and reached the NBA Finals twice (1995, 2009).
13 – The Magic have played 12 times on an unlucky Friday the 13th – and they have a 5-7 record in those 12 contests. The last time the Magic won on Friday the 13th was Nov. 13, 2009 at home against the New Jersey Nets.
12 – Head Coach Jacque Vaughn played 12 years in the NBA from 1997-2009 with Utah, Atlanta, Orlando, New Jersey and San Antonio, averaging 4.5 ppg. and 2.5 apg. in 776 career regular season games.
11 – Nikola Vucevic tallied 11-or-more rebounds in 14 consecutive games played from Mar. 10-Apr. 17, 2013, the second-longest streak in the NBA last season.
10 – Jacque Vaughn was named the Magic’s 10th head coach in franchise history on July 27, 2012.
9 – Jameer Nelson completed his 9th NBA season in 2012-13, all as a member of the Orlando Magic. Nelson is tied for eighth in the NBA for most seasons with his current team. Kobe Bryant (17 with L.A. Lakers) and Tim Duncan (16 with San Antonio) top the list. Nick Anderson currently holds the current record for most seasons in a Magic uniform (10), but Nelson will tie him once the 2013-14 season tips off in October.
8 – The Magic currently has 8 players on the roster that were born after the Magic’s inaugural game in 1989 (Harkless, Harris, Lamb, Nicholson, O’Quinn, Oladipo, Osby, Vucevic – Nicholson was born just 34 days after the inaugural game on 11/4/89).
7 – With 4:13 left in the first quarter on Jan. 7, 2013 at Portland, Jameer Nelson passed to Andrew Nicholson for a dunk and recorded his 2,777th career assist, making him the Orlando Magic’s all-time assist leader.
6 – During the team’s 6th year of existence, the Magic made their way to their first NBA Finals, becoming to the second-fastest team in NBA history to reach the Finals.
5 – Orlando had 5-or-more players score in double figures 43 times last season, including seven players with 10+ points on Nov. 13 vs. New York.
4 – The Magic will be entering its 4th season in the Amway Center. Orlando has a 62-53 (.539) record at the Amway Center since it opened in 2010-11.
3 – General Manager Rob Hennigan has reached the NBA Finals while with an organization 3 times (OKC-2012, San Antonio-2005, 2007).
2 – The most-worn player jersey numbers in Magic history are No. 2 and No 5. Each number has been worn 10 times by a Magic player.
1 – The Magic have made at least 1 3-point field goal in 492 consecutive games, dating all the way back to Mar. 17, 2007.