As an expansion franchise in 1989, the Orlando Magic didn’t
have to wait long for success. Behind Shaquille O’Neal and
Penny Hardaway, Orlando reached the NBA Finals in 1995.
Unfortunately, they ran into a red-hot Houston, who won the
series 4-0 and the team would not return to the Finals for over
Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill reinvigorated the Magic during
the early 2000s but the spell didn’t last. Hope returned in the
2004 draft with Dwight Howard, who got the Magic back to the
Finals in 2009 before bolting West to the Los Angeles Lakers,
where O’Neal had gone so many years before.