2004-05 Season

2004-05: A New Era
The Orlando Magic welcomed a new era of basketball beginning in the 2004-05 season, as a new-look team took the court after a big off-season reshaped the squad. This season would be a clear indication of the team's desire to avoid another disasterous 21-61 season like Orlando experienced in 2003-04.

The Magic began the campaign by selecting their third No. 1 pick in franchise history, 2004 Naismith Award Winner Dwight Howard from Atlanta, Ga., and rounded out possibly their finest draft in team history by also acquiring St. Joseph’s Jameer Nelson from the Denver Nuggets in a draft-night trade.

The squad got an even bigger overhaul with the June 29, 2004 multi-player trade that sent All-Star and league scoring leader Tracy McGrady, among others, to Houston for Steve Francis, Cuttino Mobley and Kelvin Cato.

Orlando felt the effects of their solid draft and free agency/trade pick-ups, which also included Hedo Turkoglu and Tony Battie, as the team jumped out to a quick 13-7 start in their first 20 games, and they continued to ride the backs of Francis and the rebounding machine of Howard to a 28-24 record at the All-Star break.

But change came in the second half of the season, as Mobley was soon shipped to Sacramento for Doug Christie, and, only three wins and one month later, Chris Jent was named the interim head coach of the Magic on March 17, 2005. Injuries to Turkoglu, Pat Garrity and Grant Hill plagued the team’s last 18 games, and Orlando finished the year at 36-46.

Despite the disappointing finish to the season, the Magic had a lot of highlights to counteract the tough times. Hill was deemed the NBA’s feel-good story of the year after coming back from five surgeries to average 19.7 ppg and earn the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award and a starting slot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Howard also proved to be a wise decision with the top pick in the draft, as he finished his rookie campaign as one of only eight players in the NBA to average a double-double (12.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg.), while also earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. With Nelson emerging with a strong second half of the season to join Howard on the All-Rookie Second Team, the Magic will be highly anticipating the 2005-06 season with the return of their young core and a healthy Hill leading the way.

2004-05 Magic Regular Statistics

 PLAYER AVERAGES
              REBOUNDS  
 Player G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
 Steve Francis 78 78 38.2 .423 .299 .823 1.60 4.20 5.80 7.0 1.44 .36 4.06 3.50 21.3
 Grant Hill 67 67 34.9 .509 .231 .821 1.10 3.60 4.70 3.3 1.45 .42 2.40 2.10 19.7
 Hedo Turkoglu 67 11 26.2 .419 .380 .836 .90 2.60 3.50 2.3 .61 .27 1.78 2.10 14.0
 Dwight Howard 82 82 32.6 .520 .000 .671 3.50 6.50 10.00 .9 .94 1.66 2.01 2.80 12.0
 Jameer Nelson 79 21 20.4 .455 .312 .682 .70 1.80 2.40 3.0 .99 .04 1.48 2.50 8.7
 DeShawn Stevenson 55 27 19.8 .408 .373 .554 .70 1.20 1.90 1.3 .29 .16 1.04 1.30 7.8
 Kelvin Cato 62 50 24.6 .539 .000 .783 1.60 5.10 6.70 .6 .89 1.32 1.03 2.70 7.0
 Doug Christie 21 13 25.2 .367 .217 .909 .40 2.10 2.60 2.2 1.76 .24 1.71 2.10 5.7
 Doug Christie (TOT) 52 44 29.3 .392 .242 .897 .70 2.70 3.40 3.8 1.54 .35 2.00 2.00 6.6
 Andre Barrett 11 1 15.4 .455 .333 .778 .50 1.40 1.90 2.5 .45 .09 1.00 1.50 5.6
 Andre Barrett (TOT) 38 1 12.7 .363 .269 .737 .30 .80 1.10 1.8 .50 .03 .71 1.30 3.1
 Tony Battie 81 32 23.4 .460 .000 .723 1.30 4.20 5.60 .5 .37 1.00 1.00 3.00 4.9
 Pat Garrity 71 0 13.5 .402 .333 .879 .30 1.50 1.70 .4 .27 .13 .42 1.50 4.6
 Stacey Augmon 55 7 12.1 .407 .000 .740 .80 1.00 1.80 .7 .42 .15 .56 1.50 3.5
 Brandon Hunter 31 0 7.2 .507 .000 .538 .80 1.40 2.20 .1 .13 .23 .71 1.40 3.1
 Mario Kasun 45 0 7.9 .480 .000 .558 1.20 1.70 2.80 .2 .18 .29 .58 1.90 2.6
 Mark Jones 10 0 11.6 .290 .000 .500 .60 .70 1.30 .6 .50 .20 .30 1.60 2.3
 Andrew DeClercq 8 0 6.1 .444 .000 .333 .90 .40 1.30 .0 .25 .00 .13 1.80 1.1
Team Averages 82 0 240.3 .454 .349 .759 12.7 31.0 43.7 19.3 7.7 5.4 16.1 23.6 99.5
Opponents 82 0 240.3 .451 .343 .754 12.5 29.6 42.1 21.3 8.5 4.3 14.5 23.4 101.8
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 PLAYER TOTALS
              REBOUNDS  
 Player G GS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
 Steve Francis 78 78 2,978 563-1,330 38-127 499-606 126 324 450 547 112 28 317 273 1,663
 Grant Hill 67 67 2,338 517-1,015 3-13 280-341 77 241 318 220 97 28 161 144 1,317
 Dwight Howard 82 82 2,670 352-677 0-2 277-413 287 536 823 75 77 136 165 232 981
 Hedo Turkoglu 67 11 1,757 328-782 93-245 188-225 62 171 233 153 41 18 119 140 937
 Jameer Nelson 79 21 1,612 286-628 44-141 73-107 52 141 193 237 78 3 117 199 689
 Kelvin Cato 62 50 1,525 160-297 0-0 112-143 102 314 416 40 55 82 64 170 432
 DeShawn Stevenson 55 27 1,089 174-426 25-67 56-101 38 64 102 69 16 9 57 73 429
 Tony Battie 81 32 1,894 163-354 0-6 68-94 109 343 452 42 30 81 81 244 394
 Pat Garrity 71 0 955 123-306 49-147 29-33 21 103 124 30 19 9 30 107 324
 Stacey Augmon 55 7 663 68-167 0-0 57-77 45 54 99 36 23 8 31 83 193
 Doug Christie 21 13 529 47-128 5-23 20-22 9 45 54 46 37 5 36 45 119
 Doug Christie (TOT) 52 44 1,525 130-332 15-62 70-78 38 139 177 199 80 18 104 106 345
 Mario Kasun 45 0 356 47-98 0-1 24-43 52 76 128 8 8 13 26 86 118
 Brandon Hunter 31 0 224 37-73 0-0 21-39 25 44 69 3 4 7 22 42 95
 Andre Barrett 11 1 169 25-55 5-15 7-9 6 15 21 27 5 1 11 16 62
 Andre Barrett (TOT) 38 1 483 45-124 14-52 14-19 11 29 40 69 19 1 27 51 118
 Mark Jones 10 0 116 9-31 0-4 5-10 6 7 13 6 5 2 3 16 23
 Andrew DeClercq 8 0 49 4-9 0-0 1-3 7 3 10 0 2 0 1 14 9
Team Totals 82 0 19,705 3,034-6,679 320-916 1,772-2,335 1,038 2,544 3,582 1,583 633 441 1,322 1,937 8,160
Opponents 82 0 -- 3,081-6,826 443-1,291 1,739-2,306 1,024 2,428 3,452 1,747 698 354 1,190 1,920 8,344
created: 10/03/2005,01:36 PM