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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

MAGIC: All-Time Transactions

MAGIC: All-Time Transactions

Another time-waster: every transaction in the history of the Magic. From the original expansion draft to the suspension of Francis is right here.

I had forgotten that they traded Matt Harping for Andrew DeClercq. That was the same day they traded Ben Wallace & Chucky Atkins and renounced the rights to Chauncey Billups.

9 Comments:

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Wow... lots of names of former Magic players that I had forgotten about but that I remember now when I see them. Amazing how many players that have come and gone through here over the years... unfortunately for the Magic, many of those players have gone on to stardom or at least have made a name for themselves as solid NBA players with other teams.

     
  • At 2:49 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Magic has a dismal record on developing players due to lack of patience or persistence or both. I remember the waving of Billups real well. he was injured throughout his time with the Magic and the overall expectation was that he would never recover from the knee injury to become a decent player. His re-emergence in DET was basically a matter of luck, the same way that Ben Wallace's development has been.

     
  • At 8:41 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Ben Wallace's Magic adventure:

    24.2 mpg; 8.2rpg, 1.6bpg, 0.9spg, 4,8ppg

    First year in Detroit:
    34.5mpg, 13.2rpg, 2.3bpg, 1.3spg, 6.4ppg

    Divide Ben's Magic numbers by 24.2 and multiply by 34.5 for a minute by minute comparison:

    34.5mpg, 11.7rpg, 2.3bpg, 1.3spg, 6.8ppg

    Statistically, Ben was the exact same player in Orlando that he became in Detroit. Except of course he shed Doc Rivers for Rick Carlisle who started him.

     
  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Well put, WeRDevos. Ben Wallace was a big part of that Heart & Hustle Magic, yet his talents were never really appreciated. It was not just Doc Rivers who misjudged him, but the media, not only in Orlando but nationally, misjudged the man, as well. That is the same media that overlooks the inadequacies of a greedy ownership and a mediocre coach. They are talking about nostalgia when bringing Brian Hill back, but what a better nostalgia than hiring Scott Skiles, a true warrior that everybody loved in Orlando.

     
  • At 10:19 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    I didn't mean to sing a new tune on Ben Wallace. I was as guilty as anybody else in misjudging him. He was depicted as a raw talent with very limited offensive capabilities, which he improved on as his roles were defined in later years.

     
  • At 2:27 AM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm pretty sure I recall Ben Wallace starting out really slow with the Magic that year. Once mid season hit, you know how they have the players grade themselves? Ben gave himself a D or F at midseason because he didn't do much during the first half. The 2nd half of the year was where he broke out and all his stats happened. He was a monster during the 2nd half of the season, and it was obvious. Any guy that could pull down over 15 boards in more than a few games should be kept regardless how "raw" he looked, and he did that for the Magic during the 2nd half of the season more than a few times. The Magic, Gab, and Doc decided on keeping John Amaechi over Ben... As we can see tonight, it wasn't the smartest move that was made.

     
  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Wallace was not considered a true center who can score and that was one factor to keep Amaechi, in addition to the fact that Amaechi had such an outstanding year. Also, If I am not mistaken, they had to choose between Outlaw and Wallace (both salaries around 5 mil) and they had to keep Outlaw because DET was not interested in him but rather in Wallace. The rest is history. Too many being wrong doesn't make it right, but that's how truly it was.

     
  • At 3:05 PM, Blogger ItalianStallion said…

    The reason Meech looked so good was because he had Ben next to him doing the dirty work. After he had to do it on his own it showed. We have Doc to thank for Ben's departure. He didn't want him cause he was obsessed with "small-ball". That's why Jeryl Sasser "The Harasser" was drafted cause he was tall for a guard and we know how that turned out. Gabe allowed Doc to influence personnel decisions way too much...

     
  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    We are such front runners that we started this blog to root for (by minutes played):

    1. Howard 1268
    2. Stevenson 1193
    3. Francis 1095
    4. Turkoglu 1041
    5. Nelson 976
    6. Battie 898
    7. Garrity 470
    8. Hill 375

    And the gd-sob-effin head coach was Brian Hill. No one hated, and still does, Grant Hill more than me. Stevenson may have been the dumbest ever member of the Magic,and that season was on his way to attempting 2 total 3 point field goal shots while playing every game at shooting guard.

    They were 13-18 at the time. Francis was indefinitely suspended that month, which actually helped progress Howard's & Nelson's career. If folks say the Magic don't have a power forward in Lewis, try a Battie/Garrity combo and start a blog around that.

    Damn, I can't wait for the game to start tonight. This team has come so far in four years.

     

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