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1995–96 Orlando Magic season

The 1995–96 NBA season was the Magic's seventh season in the National Basketball Association.[1] During the offseason, the Magic signed unrestricted free agent Jon Koncak. Coming off their trip to the NBA Finals, where they were swept in four games by the Houston Rockets, the Magic won their second straight Atlantic Division title with a 60–22 record, a regular season record which still stands as the best in franchise history. This despite missing Shaquille O'Neal for the first 22 games of the season due to a thumb injury.[2] Anfernee Hardaway stepped up in O'Neal's absence and was awarded Player of the Month for November. The season saw Dennis Scott take a place in the league history books by scoring 267 three-point field goals, a single season record since broken by Stephen Curry, while O'Neal and Hardaway were both selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

1995–96 Orlando Magic season
Division champions
Head coachBrian Hill
ArenaOrlando Arena
Results
Record60–22 (.732)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Atlantic)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Finals
(Lost to Bulls 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionSportsChannel Florida, Sunshine Network, WKCF
RadioWDBO
< 1994–95 1996–97 >

Despite the franchise best record, the Magic were beaten by the top seed in the East, the dominant Chicago Bulls, who finished with a then all-time best record of 72–10. In the playoffs, the Magic would sweep the Detroit Pistons in three straight games in the opening round. In the semifinals, they defeated the 6th-seeded Atlanta Hawks in five games, despite losing Game 4 at The Omni in Atlanta 104–99.

The Eastern Conference Finals matched up the Magic with the Bulls, the team they had eliminated in the previous year's playoffs. This year though, the Bulls would be too strong sweeping the Magic 4–0.[3] Thereby, the Magic became the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs in a sweep for three consecutive seasons since the 1950 Chicago Stags.

Following the season, the All-Star center O'Neal left the team, signing as a free agent for the Los Angeles Lakers,[4] Anthony Bowie was released, and Koncak was traded to the Golden State Warriors.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 25 David Vaughn PF   United States Memphis

RosterEdit

Orlando Magic roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 25   Anderson, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Illinois
PG 10   Armstrong, Darrell   6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fayetteville State
PF 24   Bonner, Anthony 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Saint Louis
SG 14   Bowie, Anthony 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oklahoma
PF   Gattison, Kenny   (IN) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Old Dominion
PF 54   Grant, Horace 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Clemson
PG 1   Hardaway, Anfernee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Memphis
C 45   Koncak, Jon 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) SMU
C 32   O'Neal, Shaquille 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 325 lb (147 kg) LSU
SF 5   Royal, Donald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Notre Dame
SF 3   Scott, Dennis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
PG 20   Shaw, Brian 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) UC Santa Barbara
PG 22   Thompson, Brooks 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Oklahoma State
PF 42   Vaughn, David 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Memphis
C 12   Wolf, Joe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Roster NotesEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y-Orlando Magic 60 22 .732 12.0 37–4 23–18 21–3 82
x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 25.0 26–15 21–20 16–8 82
x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 30.0 26–15 16–25 13–12 82
Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 33.0 25–16 14–27 10–14 82
Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 39.0 18–23 15–26 12–12 82
New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 42.0 20–21 10–31 8–17 82
Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 54.0 11–30 7–34 5–19 82


Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Chicago Bulls * 72 10 .878 82
2 y-Orlando Magic * 60 22 .732 12.0 82
3 x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 82
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 51 31 .622 21.0 82
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 25.0 82
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 82
7 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 82
8 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 30.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 82
10 Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 33.0 82
11 Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 39.0 82
12 New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 42.0 82
13 Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 82
14 Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 54.0 82

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1995-96 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Boston 0–4 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Charlotte 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 0–4 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0
Cleveland 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Dallas 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1
Detroit 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–2
Golden State 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Indiana 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Miami 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 5–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 0–4 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2
New York 1–2 4–0 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Orlando 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–0
Philadelphia 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Portland 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1
Toronto 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1
Utah 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
Vancouver 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–2
Washington 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0

Game logEdit

Player statsEdit

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

Player GP GS MP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Penny Hardaway 82 82 3015 354 582 166 41 1780 21.7
Shaquille O'Neal 54 52 1946 596 155 34 115 1434 26.6
Dennis Scott 82 82 3041 309 243 90 29 1431 17.5
Nick Anderson 77 77 2717 415 279 121 46 1134 14.7
Horace Grant 63 62 2286 580 170 62 74 847 13.4
Brian Shaw 75 1 1679 224 336 58 11 496 6.6
Donald Royal 64 7 963 153 42 29 15 337 5.3
Anthony Bowie 74 4 1078 123 105 34 10 308 4.2
Joe Wolf 63 8 1047 185 63 13 5 291 4.6
Jon Koncak 67 35 1288 272 51 27 44 203 3.0
Brooks Thompson 33 0 246 24 31 12 0 140 4.2
David Vaughn 33 0 266 80 8 6 15 64 1.9
Jeff Turner 13 0 192 28 6 2 1 47 3.6
Darrell Armstrong 13 0 41 2 5 6 0 42 3.2
Anthony Bonner 4 0 43 19 4 3 0 13 3.3
Geert Hammink 3 0 7 3 0 0 0 4 1.3

PlayoffsEdit

The Magic opened up their playoffs campaign on April 26 against the Detroit Pistons, a game they won convincingly 112-92 at home in the Orlando Arena. The Magic would also win game 2 at home before clinching the series, and a sweep, of the Pistons in game 3 away from home at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The second round put the Magic against the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic opened the series with two convincing wins at home, both with scoring margins greater than 20 points. The Magic carried this momentum into game 3 away from home at the Omni, winning a closer fought match 102-96. The Hawks won game 4, avoiding the sweep, but the Magic were too strong and won game 5 at home to clinch the series 4-1.

The Eastern Conference finals saw the Magic face the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, a team they had eliminated in the previous years playoffs. The dominant Chicago Bulls would prove to be too strong for the Orlando Magic this year, sweeping the series 4-0 and denying the Magic consecutive trips to the NBA finals.

East First RoundEdit

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (7) Detroit Pistons

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(ORL-DET)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 26 Detroit 92 Orlando 112 1-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 1
2 April 28 Detroit 77 Orlando 92 2-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 2
3 April 30 Orlando 101 Detroit 98 3-0 Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3 TBS
Orlando wins series 3–0

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(ORL-ATL)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 8 Atlanta 95 Orlando 117 1-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 1 TBS
2 May 10 Atlanta 94 Orlando 120 2-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 2
3 May 12 Orlando 102 Atlanta 96 3-0 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta 3 NBC
4 May 13 Orlando 99 Atlanta 104 3-1 Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 4
5 May 15 Atlanta 88 Orlando 96 4-1 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 5 TBS
Orlando wins series 4–1

East Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (2) Orlando Magic

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(CHI-ORL)

Venue Recap Television
1 May 19 Orlando 83 Chicago 121 1-0 United Center, Chicago 1 NBC
2 May 21 Orlando 88 Chicago 93 2-0 United Center, Chicago, Illinois 2 TNT
3 May 25 Chicago 86 Orlando 67 3-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 3 NBC
4 May 27 Chicago 106 Orlando 101 4-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 4 NBC
Chicago wins series 4-0

Player StatsEdit

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

Player GP MP REB AST STL BLK PTS AVG
Penny Hardaway 12 473 56 72 20 4 280 23.3
Shaquille O'Neal 12 459 120 55 9 15 310 25.8
Dennis Scott 12 446 43 23 9 1 136 11.3
Nick Anderson 11 418 55 21 21 5 156 14.2
Horace Grant 9 334 94 13 7 6 135 15
Brian Shaw 10 217 21 46 5 0 47 4.7
Donald Royal 7 92 11 1 0 1 25 3.6
Anthony Bowie 12 152 17 14 3 2 30 2.5
Joe Wolf 11 85 6 2 1 0 20 1.8
Jon Koncak 12 140 23 3 5 4 11 0.9
Brooks Thompson 5 48 5 7 0 1 26 5.2
Anthony Bonner 4 16 2 1 0 0 3 0.8

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Nick Anderson, Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award
  • Horace Grant, NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
  • Penny Hardaway, Player of the Month – November.
  • Penny Hardaway, All-NBA First Team.
  • Shaquille O'Neal, All-NBA Third Team.

League recordsEdit

During the 1995–96 season, Dennis Scott set the record for most three-point field goals scored in a regular season with 267.[citation needed]

All StarsEdit

The following players were selected to play in the East v West All-Star game

  • Anfernee Hardaway
  • Shaquille O'Neal

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1995-96 Orlando Magic
  2. ^ "Shaq Hurts Thumb - May Miss 6 Weeks". Orlando Sentinel. October 25, 1995. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "N.B.A PLAYOFFS; Jordan Wields the Broom as Bulls Sweep the Magic". New York Times. May 28, 1996. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Moran, Malcolm (July 19, 1996). "Lakers Get O'Neal In 7-Year Contract". The New York Times.