Orlando did better with the 1992 lottery, selecting center Shaquille O’Neal.
Christian Laettner never matched his college stardom with the Wolves.
Chart: Wolves vs. Orlando, a 25-year comparison
- October 29, 2013 - 8:11 PM
wolves gameday: happy 25th season edition
7 tonight vs. Orlando • Target Center • FSN (830-AM)
The Wolves will open their 25th season Wednesday against Orlando, which also entered the league in the fall of 1989. Here’s a look at what’s happened since then. By KENT YOUNGBLOOD • firstname.lastname@example.org
Season of first playoff appearance
9 (Brian Hill twice)
Two; the Metrodome, then Target Center starting in 1990. The team just announced plans for a $97 million Target Center renovation.
Two; the team opened their state-of-the-art, $480 million Amway Center in 2010.
The Wolves never have improved their position.
The Magic won the lottery twice, in successive years
(1992 and 1993).
The Wolves finished with the worst record, but wound up with the third pick (Christian Laettner).
The Magic won, taking Shaquille O’Neal.
The Wolves finished with the second-worst record, but wound up with the fifth pick (Isaiah Rider).
The Magic had the least chance of winning the lottery but did, ultimately winding up with Anfernee Hardaway. Orlando was in the finals the following year.
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