When Vince Carter was traded to the Magic this past off-season, I got to thinking about all the great players that have suited up for the Magic over the years.
If you think about it, you could create a monster starting lineup, but sadly none of these players really got the chance to play together at their best.
Here's my all time Orlando starting lineup.
Shaq might have been his most dominant and athletic with the Orlando Magic. Although he never won anything with Orlando, his stats were very good. During his rookie year, he averaged 23.4 pts, 13.9 rebounds, and had the most blocks in his career with 3.5. The next year, he averaged over 29 points with over 13 rebounds again, and nearly 3 blocks.
Dwight Howard is my pick because of how dominant he has been since arriving in the NBA. He is a three time all-star, has won defensive player of the year, and he'll probably have more accolades when his career is over. Although he's never averaged over 21 points per game, he's averaged a double double every year with a career-high 14.2 rebounds per game in 2007-2008 at only 22 years old.
Grant Hill didn't have his best years with the Orlando Magic, but if he had been in his prime, this all-time team would have been unstoppable.
Tracy McGrady had his best years while he was with the Magic. He was named to the All-NBA first team in 2002-2003. He also won scoring titles with the Magic including the best season of his career, when he averaged over 32 points, over six rebounds, and close to six assists per game.
My pick for point guard is Penny Hardaway, who arguably had his best years for the Magic. I'm not going to throw any stats out there because anyone who's old enough to remember knows how great Penny was. Some people said he was Magic Johnson with above the rim athleticism and a better shot. Well, if he had never gotten injured, he might have been that good, but we'll never know.