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The Orlando Magic are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Magic compete in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the NBA. Founded in 1989 as an expansion franchise, the Magic have made the playoffs in half of their NBA seasons (15 appearances in 30 years as of the end of the 2018-2019 season). The Magic have won six division titles, including consecutive titles from 2008-2010, and have won two conference championships. The Magic have yet to win an NBA championship.
The Magic play their home games at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The team drafted NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. The next season they acquired Penny Hardaway in a draft day trade with the Golden State Warriors. Hardaway and O’Neal changed the entire culture of the franchise by helping to lead them to the 1995 NBA Finals. After O’Neal left to join the Lakers in 1996, the Magic were good with Hardaway and Tracy McGrady but not great again until center Dwight Howard was drafted in 2004. Paired with Hedo Turkgolu and Rashard Lewis, Howard was again able to bring the Magic back to the NBA Finals in 2009. After Howard’s departure from the team, the Magic struggled through some down years in the 2010s but won their division title in 2019.