2011–12 Orlando Magic season
|2011–12 Orlando Magic season|
|Head coach||Stan Van Gundy|
|Place||Division: 3rd (Southeast)|
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||First Round|
(Lost to Pacers 1–4)
|Television||Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports|
The 2011–12 Orlando Magic season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team finished in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with a 37–29 record in a regular season shortened by the lockout and an offseason where trade rumours that included starting center Dwight Howard abounded. After the Magic's playoff loss against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Orlando franchise parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith. The Amway Center, the Magic's home court, was the venue of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
This season also marked the end of an era as Dwight Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2012 off-season. Since Howard's departure, the Magic has not returned to the playoffs.
- 1 Key dates
- 2 Draft picks
- 3 Roster
- 4 Pre-season
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Playoffs
- 7 Player statistics
- 8 Awards and records
- 9 Injuries and disciplinary actions
- 10 Transactions
- 11 References
- June 23: The 2011 NBA draft took place at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- December 18: The Magic had the first of their two-game preseason against Miami at American Airlines Arena.
- December 25: The regular season begins and the Magic have an away game at Oklahoma City. This is the Magic's first regular season game. They lost the season opener 89-97.
- December 26: The Magic had their first home game of the regular season at the Amway Center. They played the Houston Rockets. The Magic also achieved their first win of the season, with a score of 104-95.
- April 15: Orlando secures a playoff spot with a 100–84 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
|2||53||DeAndre Liggins||SG / SF||United States||Kentucky|
|2011–12 Orlando Magic roster|
Due to the 2011 NBA lockout negotiations, the programmed pre-season schedule, along with the first two weeks of the regular season were scrapped, and a two-game pre-season was set for each team once the lockout concluded.
|2011 pre-season game log|
Pre-season: 1–1 (Home: 1–0; Road: 0–1)
|2011–12 season schedule|
|7||x-New York Knicks||36||30||.545||14|
|12||New Jersey Nets||22||44||.333||28|
|2012 playoff game log|
First round: 1–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 1–2)
|2012 playoff schedule|
|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|
|J. J. Redick||65||22||27.2||.425||.418||.911||2.3||2.5||.4||.1||11.6|
- a Statistics with the Orlando Magic.
|J. J. Redick||5||0||24.6||.432||.211||.857||1.0||3.2||.2||.0||10.8|
Awards and records
- Ryan Anderson won the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
- Dwight Howard was selected to the All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (January 16 – January 22).
- Dwight Howard attempted a record 39 free throws against the Golden State Warriors, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's record of 34 set in 1962.
- Dwight Howard made his sixth All-Star appearance at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game held in Orlando.
- Ryan Anderson participated in the Three-Point Contest.
- Jameer Nelson participated in the Shooting Stars Competition along Phoenix Mercury player Marie Ferdinand-Harris and former Orlando Magic player Dennis Scott.
Injuries and disciplinary actions
- Hedo Türkoğlu underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture sustained during a game against the New York Knicks on April 5 and missed the remainder of the regular season.
- Glen Davis was suspended 2 games by the team for conduct detrimental to the team. A month later he was fined USD 35,000 by the league for making an obscene gesture in a game against the Toronto Raptors.
- Hedo Türkoğlu was suspended 1 game by the league for making intentional contact with an official during a game against the Chicago Bulls.
- Chris Duhon was suspended 1 game by the team for violating team rules.
- In April, Dwight Howard underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back and was out for the remainder of the season.
Via free agency
|Players Lost |
|June 23, 2011||To Orlando Magic
Draft rights to Justin Harper
|To Cleveland Cavaliers|
Conditional 2012 and 2013 second round picks.
|December 12, 2011||To Orlando Magic
Glen Davis (sign and trade)
Von Wafer (sign and trade)
|To Boston Celtics|
|Player||Date signed||Former team|
|Larry Hughes||December 9|
|Ish Smith||February 2||Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League|
Many players signed with teams from other leagues due to the 2011 NBA lockout. FIBA allows players under NBA contracts to sign and play for teams from other leagues if the contracts have opt-out clauses that allow the players to return to the NBA if the lockout ends. The Chinese Basketball Association, however, only allows its clubs to sign foreign free agents who could play for at least the entire season.
|Played in other leagues during lockout|
|Player||Date signed||New team||Opt-out clause|
|Earl Clark||August 10||Zhejiang Lions (China)||No|
|Justin Harper||August 19||Strasbourg IG (France)||Yes|
- Dwight Howard Trade Rumors and News Roundup, Yahoo! Sports. February 3, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith out, ESPN.com. May 23, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Report: NBA draft moving to Newark". ESPN.com. October 27, 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
- Magic defeat Cavs, clinch playoff spot with win, Sports Illustrated. April 15, 2012. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
- "Magic's Ryan Anderson wins Kia Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. May 4, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
- "LeBron, Durant highlight 2011-12 All-NBA First Team". NBA.com. NBA.com. May 24, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-18. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
- "Heat's James top vote-getter among All-Defensive Team picks". NBA. May 23, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- "Magic's Howard, Grizzlies' Gasol named Players of the Week". NBA. January 23, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-04-30. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- "Dwight Howard breaks FT attempts mark as Magic top Warriors". ESPN.com. January 12, 2012. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012.
- Hedo Turkoglu to miss three weeks, ESPN.com. April 7, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Glen Davis suspended two games, ESPN.com. February 3, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Magic's Davis fined $35,000 for obscene gesture, Reuters. March 28, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Hedo Turkoglu suspended 1 game for contact with official, CBSSports.com. March 9, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Orlando Magic suspend Chris Duhon for 1 game, Orlando Sentinel. April 9, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
- Dwight Howard out for season, ESPN.com. April 20, 2012. May 30, 2012.
- "FIBA: NBA stars can play overseas". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 30, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
- Sun Xiaochen (August 21, 2011). "New rule shuts door on NBA stars". China Daily. Archived from the original on August 30, 2011.