1989–90 Orlando Magic season

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1989–90 Orlando Magic season
Inaugural NBA Season
Head coach Matt Guokas
Arena Orlando Arena
Results
Record 18–64 (.220)
Place Division: 7th (Central)
Conference: 12th (Eastern)
Playoff finish DNQ

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television SportsChannel Florida, Sunshine Network, WKCF
Radio WFLF
1990–91 >

The 1989–90 season was Orlando Magic's first season in the NBA. Several years after local developer and banker Jim Hewitt began promoting the idea of an NBA franchise in Florida, he was awarded the Orlando Magic. His first move was to hire Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Pat Williams. Together, the two convinced the NBA to give Orlando a franchise after local fans made $100 deposits on season-ticket reservations. On November 4, a sold out crowd watched the Magic lose their first ever game at the Orlando Arena. The final score was 111–106 to the New Jersey Nets. On November 6, the franchise experienced its first victory as the Magic stunned the New York Knicks 118–110. By the end of the inaugural season, the Magic finished last in the Central Division with a record of 18 wins and 64 losses.[1]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1989 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 11 Nick Anderson G  United States Illinois
2 37 Michael Ansley F  United States Alabama

Roster[edit]

Orlando Magic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 42 Acres, Mark 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1962-11-15 Oral Roberts
G/F 25 Anderson, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1968-01-20 Illinois
SF 45 Ansley, Michael 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1967-02-08 Alabama
PF 33 Catledge, Terry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1963-08-22 South Alabama
C 40 Corzine, Dave 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1956-04-25 DePaul
C 21 Green, Sidney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1961-01-04 UNLV
C 50 Oldham, Jawann 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1957-07-04 Seattle
SF 35 Reynolds, Jerry 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1962-12-23 LSU
PG 4 Skiles, Scott 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1964-03-05 Michigan State
SF 32 Smith, Otis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1964-01-30 Jacksonville
SG 24 Theus, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1957-10-13 UNLV
PF 31 Turner, Jeff 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1962-04-09 Vanderbilt
PG 11 Vincent, Sam 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1963-05-18 Michigan State
PG 20 Wiley, Morlon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1966-09-24 California State
Head coach




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

NBA Expansion Draft[edit]

Prior to the 1989 NBA Draft, the NBA held a coin toss between the Magic and the other new expansion team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, to determine their order for the NBA Draft and the expansion draft. The Magic won the coin toss and chose to have the first pick in the expansion draft and pick 11th in the NBA Draft, while the Timberwolves picked second in the expansion draft and 10th in the NBA Draft.

The previous season's expansion teams, the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat, were not involved in this year's expansion draft and did not lose any player.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 22–8
x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4 36–5 19–22 20–10
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15 27–14 17–24 14–16
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17 27–14 15–26 14–16
x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17 28–13 14–27 16–14
Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18 25–16 16–25 15–15
Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41 12–29 6–35 4–26

[2]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720
2 y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 6
3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4
4 x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 7
5 x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15
7 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17
9 Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18
10 Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 28
11 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 41
11 Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41
13 New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 42
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Nick Anderson

Awards and honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]