Orlando Magic (NBA)

International Players

Goga BitadzeCenterGeorgia2023-24Sagarejo, Georgia
Caleb HoustanForwardCanada2023-24Mississauga, Canada
Joe InglesForwardAustralia2023-24Adelaide, South Australia
Admiral SchofieldForwardGreat Britain2023-24London, England
Franz WagnerForwardGermany2023-24Berlin, Germany
Mo WagnerForward / CenterGermany2023-24Berlin, Germany

Orlando Magic Team History

The Orlando Magic, founded in 1989, quickly established themselves as a prominent NBA franchise with a unique penchant for scouting international talent. While the team has had its share of ups and downs throughout its history, their commitment to fostering global basketball talent has remained a consistent aspect of their identity. This tradition traces back to the early 1990s when the Magic made a groundbreaking move by selecting Shaquille O’Neal as the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, marking a shift towards embracing diversity in player origins. However, it was in the late 1990s and early 2000s that the Magic truly solidified their reputation for nurturing international stars.

During the late 1990s, the Magic acquired the Argentine sensation, Manu Ginóbili, in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft. Although Ginóbili never played for the Magic due to a draft-day trade, his selection underscored the organization’s commitment to scouting talent beyond U.S. borders. Additionally, the Magic’s international legacy soared with the acquisition of Hedo Türkoğlu from Turkey in 2004. Türkoğlu became a vital part of the Magic’s roster during his tenure, contributing to their success with his versatile skills and basketball IQ. Notably, Türkoğlu played a pivotal role in the Magic’s 2009 NBA Finals run, averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game during the postseason.

Furthermore, the Magic continued to embrace international talent in subsequent years, evident in their signing of Nikola Vučević from Montenegro in 2012. Vučević proved to be a cornerstone player for the franchise, earning two NBA All-Star selections during his tenure with the Magic. His impact on the court was profound, as he consistently posted impressive statistics, including multiple seasons averaging double-doubles in points and rebounds. Vučević’s success not only bolstered the Magic’s competitiveness but also reinforced their reputation as a destination for top-tier international players seeking to make their mark in the NBA.