The Orlando Magic is an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. It is part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and has had such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis throughout its young history. The franchise has also been in the playoffs for more than half of their existence (14 playoff appearances in 24 years).
Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, after the Miami Heat. They currently are the only team in the major pro sports leagues to play in the city of Orlando. This will change in 2015 when Orlando City SC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise, will become the second team and the first MLS team in the state since 2001.