2008–09 Orlando Magic season

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2008–09 Orlando Magic season
Southeast Division Champions
Head coach Stan Van Gundy
Arena Amway Arena
Results
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 1st (Southeast)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Finals
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports
Radio WDBO
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

The 2008–09 Orlando Magic season was the 20th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Key dates[edit]

  • June 26: The 2008 NBA Draft took place in New York City, New York.
  • July 1: The free agency period started.
  • October 29: The Magic opened the season with a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
  • December 12: Because of a sore left knee, Dwight Howard missed the first game of his professional career, ending a streak of 351 consecutive games played in.[1]
  • January 13: The Magic scored an NBA record 23 three-pointers against the Sacramento Kings. Nine of the twelve Magic players who played that night scored at least one three pointer: Jameer Nelson (5), J.J. Redick (4), Keith Bogans (4), Hedo Türkoğlu (3), Rashard Lewis (3), Courtney Lee (1), Anthony Johnson (1), Brian Cook (1), and Jeremy Richardson (1).[2]
  • February 2: Jameer Nelson left a game after dislocating his right shoulder. One day later, it was announced that he suffered a torn labrum, and would require surgery to repair it, meaning he would likely miss the rest of the season. A few days prior to the injury, Nelson had been named as a reserve in the All-Star Game.[3]
  • February 19: As part of a three-way trade, the Magic acquired Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets.[4]
  • February 25: The Magic were assured a winning season after defeating the New York Knicks.
  • March 11: The Magic clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Chicago Bulls.
  • March 25: After beating the Boston Celtics, the Magic clinched their second consecutive division championship. With the win, they were also guaranteed of finishing the regular season with more wins than the previous season.
  • April 15: The regular season ended, with the Magic finishing one win shy of matching a franchise record.
  • April 21: Dwight Howard won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming the youngest player to win the award as well as the first player of the Magic to do so.[5]
  • April 28: Rookie Courtney Lee was accidentally hit in the face by Dwight Howard during Game 5 of the Magic's first round playoff series. The following day it was announced he would miss Game 6, suffering a fractured sinus.[6]
  • April 29: Dwight Howard was suspended for one game by the NBA for an incident in which Howard elbowed a Philadelphia 76ers player in the face the previous night in Game 5 of the Magic's first round playoff series.[7]
  • April 30: The Magic advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games.
  • May 17: In a Game 7 on the road, the Magic advanced to their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 1996 after defeating the defending world champion Boston Celtics.
  • May 30: The Magic defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 to advance to the 2009 NBA Finals and made their first appearance since 1995.
  • June 9: The Magic earned their first NBA Finals game victory in franchise history. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 at Amway Arena by a score of 108-104. The Magic shot an NBA Finals single-game record 75% in the first half, and a record 62.5% for the entire game.[8] The Magic had lost their first six NBA Finals games (four in 1995 and two in 2009).
  • June 14: The Magic's season ended, having lost the NBA Finals in five games to the Lakers.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2008 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 22 Courtney Lee Shooting Guard American WKU

Roster[edit]

Orlando Magic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
PG 1 United States Alston, Rafer 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fresno State
F/C 4 United States Battie, Tony 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Texas Tech
C 31 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Foyle, Adonal 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Colgate
C 13 Poland Gortat, Marcin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Poland
C 12 United States Howard, Dwight (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
PG 8 United States Johnson, Anthony 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) College of Charleston
SG 11 United States Lee, Courtney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Western Kentucky
F 9 United States Lewis, Rashard 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Alief Elsik High School
PG 10 United States Lue, Tyronn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nebraska
PG 14 United States Nelson, Jameer (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Saint Joseph's
G/F 20 France Piétrus, Mickaël 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) France
G 7 United States Redick, J. J. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Duke
G/F 32 United States Richardson, Jeremy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Delta State
F 15 Turkey Türkoğlu, Hedo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Turkey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)



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

RosterTransactions

Traded out during season:
United States 10. Bogans, Keith (SG)
United States 43. Cook, Brian (PF)
United States 29. Wilks, Mike (G)

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Dwight Howard Marcin Gortat Adonal Foyle
PF Rashard Lewis Tony Battie
SF Hedo Türkoğlu Mickaël Piétrus
SG Courtney Lee J. J. Redick Jeremy Richardson
PG Jameer Nelson Rafer Alston Anthony Johnson Tyronn Lue

Regular season[edit]

The first half of the 2008–09 season went very well for the Magic. After 41 games, the Magic were 33–8, leading the Southeast Division, as well as having one of the top four records in the league. On January 13, 2009, they scored an NBA record 23 three-pointers against the Sacramento Kings. Nine of the twelve Magic players who played that night scored at least one three pointer. At the start of February, Jameer Nelson, their all-star starting point guard, went down with a shoulder injury which caused him to miss the remainder of the season. The Magic then began a stretch where they did not win or lose consecutive games for almost the entire month. The Magic did make a deal at the trade deadline with the Houston Rockets for Rafer Alston. Still having to deal with the absence of Nelson though, Orlando managed to maintain one of the top records in the league, secured a second straight winning season, and clinched a playoff berth in mid-March. The Magic defeated the defending world champion Boston Celtics to capture their second consecutive division championship, and on the same night assured themselves of winning more games than the previous season. Finishing the regular season with a 59–23 record, it was the most games the team had won in a season since the 1995–96 season in which they had 60 wins.

Standings[edit]

Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 32–9 27–14 14–2 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 12 31–10 16–25 11–5 82
x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 16 28–13 15–26 9–7 82
Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 24 23–18 12–29 5–11 82
Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 40 13–28 6–35 1–15 82
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game log[edit]

2008–09 game log
2012–13 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Magic drew the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs. With the series tied at two wins for each team, Game 5 saw an incident in the 1st quarter involving Dwight Howard throwing an elbow at 76ers center Samuel Dalembert. Howard was assessed a technical foul but was not ejected from the game. The NBA reviewed the play and suspended Howard for Game 6.[7] A second incident involving an elbow from Dwight Howard happened in Game 5 not long after the elbow to Dalembert. This time however, Magic rookie Courtney Lee was the recipient of the hit from his teammate. Lee left the game and did not return. Suffering a fractured sinus, it was announced that Lee was expected to have surgery and could miss the remainder of the postseason.[9] Neither player's absence would prove costly to Orlando in Game 6, who won the series with a blowout on the road, and Lee returned to action in the next series wearing a protective face mask, such as one worn by Richard Hamilton.

In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Magic faced the defending champion Boston Celtics. Facing a 3–2 series deficit, the Magic tied the series with a home game victory in Game 6 and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals by winning Game 7 on the road, ending Boston's 32-0 undefeated record when leading the series 3-2. Assistant Coach Patrick Ewing had guaranteed a win in Game 7.[10]

Returning to the conference finals for the first time since 1996, the Magic's opponent was the Cleveland Cavaliers, who compiled the league's best regular season record led by the season's MVP, LeBron James. That didn't stop the Magic as they closed the series out at home in Game 6, winning 103-90 as Dwight Howard scored 40 points, a career high for him in a playoff game. The Magic won the series 4-2, the Eastern Conference championship, and the right to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Finals.

After dropping the first two games in the series, the Magic finally won their first ever game in the finals in Game 3. With the franchise losing their first six finals games 1995 and 2009 combined, it was the second most games a team had lost in the finals before earning their first win.[11] However, in Game 4 the Magic lost to the Lakers 99-91 in overtime; the Lakers took a 3-1 series lead and won again in Game 5, thus ending the Magic's longest playoff run in team history and ending up 1-8 in the Finals.

Game log[edit]

2009 playoff game log
2009 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game Source: [12]

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dwight Howard 23 23 39.3 .601 .000 .636 15.30 1.9 0.87 2.61 20.3
Rashard Lewis 24 24 41.1 .448 .394 .784 6.4 2.9 1.04 .54 19.0
Hedo Turkoglu 24 24 38.9 .427 .386 .817 4.50 4.8 .75 .17 15.8
Rafer Alston 23 23 32.2 .380 .319 .750 2.40 4.1 1.43 .17 12.2
Mickael Pietrus 24 0 25.8 .483 .385 .723 2.60 .6 .75 .54 10.5
Courtney Lee 21 16 26.2 .435 .273 .885 1.90 1.3 .90 .14 8.0
J.J. Redick 16 8 20.4 .373 .404 .929 1.20 1.9 .50 .06 6.0
Tyronn Lue 1 0 4.0 1.000 1.000 .000 .00 .0 .00 .00 5.0
Anthony Johnson 19 1 14.7 .376 .300 .500 1.40 2.1 .58 .00 4.3
Jameer Nelson 5 0 18.0 .348 .167 .500 1.40 2.8 .20 .00 3.8
Marcin Gortat 24 1 11.3 .654 .000 .625 3.20 .1 .38 .63 3.3
Tony Battie 21 0 6.1 .467 .000 .600 1.00 .1 .00 .14 2.1
Adonal Foyle 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .50 .0 .00. .00 .0
Jeremy Richardson 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .00 .0 .00 .00 .0

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Magic break the 3 point record with 23 on January 13 in Sacramento.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 11, 2008
To New Jersey Nets----Keyon Dooling[13] To Orlando Magic----Cash considerations
February 5, 2009
To Milwaukee Bucks----Keith Bogans To Orlando Magic----Tyronn Lue
February 19, 2009
To Memphis Grizzlies----Orlando 1st round pick (2009)
Adonal Foyle (re-signed with Orlando)
Mike Wilks
To Houston Rockets----Kyle Lowry
Brian Cook
To Orlando Magic----Rafer Alston

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]