Quick facts: Founded: 1988 Arena: Amway Arena Division Championships: 4(1995, 1996, 2009, 2010) Conference Championships: 2(1995, 2010) NBA Titles: none Playoffs: 14
The Magic were one of the four new expansion franchises awarded by the NBA in 1987 along with the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. Initially, the NBA was planning to expand by three teams, with one franchise going to Florida; however, when both Miami, and Orlando ownership groups made successful pitches, the expansion committee decided to expand by four teams, allowing both to have a franchise. The Magic became the first ever major-league professional sports franchise in the Orlando area, following an expansion fee of reportedly $32.5 million
The Magic have also had good luck drafting star players with the #1 pick. In 1992 they hit the jackpot and drafted Shaquille O'Neal and just a year later became the first team in the lottery era to win the lottery back-to-back when they won it in 1993 and selected Chris Webber. The Magic won the lottery a third time in 2004 when they selected Dwight Howard.
Both O'Neal and Howard were able to lead the Magic to the NBA finals; O'Neal in 1995 and Howard in 2010.
The Magic beat the Jordan lead Bulls in the 1995 playoffs en route to the franchises first NBA finals run. The Bulls would get revenge the next year and sweep the Magic out of the playoffs in the Eastern Finals, which would be the last games Shaquille O'Neal would ever play for the Magic.