By John Denton
The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves entered the NBA as expansion franchises in 1989, picked side-by-side at No. 10 and 11 in that first NBA Draft and are now celebrating their 25th anniversary seasons.
However, that’s where the similarities start to fade between the Magic and Timberwolves. Fans are well aware that success often runs in cycles in sports, but OrlandoMagic.com broke down the histories of the two franchises to give Magic fans some perspective as to the fine line between winning and losing. And the breakdown is in no way meant as a sleight to Minnesota in what could potentially be a playoff season for the Timberwolves.
The Magic and Wolves entered the NBA a quarter-century ago to much excitement and fanfare, but through the years of basketball there has been much more to celebrate in sunny Orlando than frigid Minneapolis. Neither has won a championship, but the Magic have consistently put the better team on the floor and has made more than twice as many deep playoff runs.
Because of tremendous lottery luck, deft personnel moves in free agency and development in the draft and steady leadership, the Magic have had much more success than their expansion brethren from 25 seasons ago. Also factor in that Orlando is also home to the state-of-the-art Amway Center while Minnesota is hoping to once again renovate the Target Center, and the comparison between the two franchises turns one-sided.
With the teams playing Wednesday night in downtown Minneapolis and in the midst of 25th anniversary seasons, here is a tale of the tape comparing the Magic and Timberwolves through the years:
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