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1990-91 Season

1990-91: Great Scott! Orlando Acquires A Deadly Marksman
With the fourth selection in the 1990 NBA Draft, Orlando selected sharpshooter Dennis Scott, a 6-8 forward out of Georgia Tech. Scott gave the Magic another offensive weapon, and in 1990-91 they improved dramatically to 31-51. The team struggled early but then began playing solid ball for Coach Matt Guokas. Orlando put together an 8-3 record in February, the first winning month in franchise history, and went 20-18 over the last three months of the season.

After an 0-6 start and an 11-33 mark through January, the Magic began playing a team-oriented brand of ball, with predictably positive results. Orlando made its first mark in the all-time NBA record book on December 30, when scrappy 6-1 point guard Scott Skiles racked up 30 assists in a game against the Denver Nuggets. By late February, Orlando had already surpassed its previous season's win total. The Magic closed out the season with victory No. 31, a 120-110 win at New Jersey that gave Orlando the most improved won-lost record among NBA teams.

Skiles had a terrific season, averaging team highs of 17.2 points and 8.4 assists. He was named NBA Most Improved Player at season's end. In keeping with the team concept, five other Magic players averaged more than 12.9 points. The team was also better defensively, as opponents scored 109.9 points per game, 10 points fewer than the previous season.

Forward Dennis Scott, who had Orlando's best scoring night of the season on March 8 with 40 points against the Denver Nuggets, set a team mark with 125 three-point field goals for the season, the best long-distance production by a rookie in NBA history. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.