Top 15 Orlando Magic Rookies
5. Dennis Scott
15.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 82 games, 73 starts, 28.5 MPG, 37.4% 3FG% on 4.1 attempts
After Nick Anderson was selected, the Orlando Magic brought in another wing the following year. Dennis Scott was selected fourth overall, seven picks higher than Anderson.
During his junior season at Georgia Tech, Scott was named the ACC Player of the Year after leading his Yellow Jackets to an ACC Championship. They eventually lost in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, but Scott proved that he was ready for the NBA.
Scott immediately impacted the Magic, specifically with his ability to stretch the floor. He made 1.5 threes per game, which was fourth in the NBA that season.
Dennis Scott and starting point guard Scott Skiles were both top 10 in the NBA in threes made resulting in Orlando making the fifth-most threes on the season.
Not only were they making a lot of threes, but they were both shooting at a combined average of 39.1 percent. The Magic were fourth in three-point percentage.
Skiles was among the best passers in the NBA which gelled perfectly with Scott’s elite catch-and-shoot ability.
Scott had great size for a shooter at 6-foot-8 and was always shot-ready.
The Magic only won 31 games, but the organization had found it’s starting small forward for years to come.
Dennis Scott was first on the team in field goals per game and Coach Matt Guokas gave Scott a single focus for his rookie season. Score the basketball.