We ranked the top 30 most popular players in Orlando Magic history. But that is hardly enough room for all of the popular player. Here are our biggest snubs.
The Orlando Magic have a long list of great players and characters they will celebrate throughout their 30th Anniversary season. The team has a rich history considering its lack of championships and relatively meager Playoff success. But there is plenty to celebrate in its 30-year history.
We started that effort this week by soliciting your votes and naming the top 30 most popular players in Magic history. We will be doing plenty of analysis, breaking down the fan’s votes especially to learn a little bit more about what fans are attracted to in a player.
Popularity was left intentionally vague in the prompt. I wanted to grab players who were popular among the fan base here, popular in nostalgia, popular at the time, popular nationally . . . however anyone wanted to define it.
The debates about how the final list shook out — especially at the top and among recent players and more historical players — is still playing out. And it will play out for all time. Especially as new players enter the fray and emerge.
Even in a list of 30 players, there are inevitably going to be some misses.
The polling process started with a polling of Orlando Magic Daily staff and writers. I then solicited fans for their nominations of the most popular players in Magic history. A twitter poll followed to create a fan vote. I then also asked the Orlando Magic subreddit community for their lists.
There were a lot of contributions and a lot of names nominated as one of the most popular players in team history that did not make the list.
In total, 41 players received at least one nomination from the various polling I did for this list. There were a lot of worthy and notable players and characters and not all of them could make the final cut.
While I feel fairly comfortable with our list of 30 players, there is certainly room for argument. As there would be for any list.
But lest we forget some of the other more memorable and popular players, here are five players who just missed the cut on making our list that deserve plenty of mention.