Orlando Magic legends Pat Williams and Nick Anderson were inducted into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame as the members of the inaugural class on Wednesday, April 9. The ceremony was held at the Magic’s new Hall of Fame exhibit, which will honor and celebrate the great players, coaches and executives who have had a major impact during the team’s illustrious 25-year history.
It would be hard to say that any one man had more of an impact on the organization than Pat Williams, who co-founded the Orlando Magic franchise in 1986 and served as its general manager until April 1996. Currently Williams serves as the team’s senior vice president. In 2012 Williams was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.
The ties between Nick Anderson and Pat Williams are deeply routed, as Anderson was the William’s first ever draft pick in 1989. After he was selected in the 1st round as the 11th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 1989 NBA Draft Anderson went on to play 10 seasons in Orlando from 1989 to 1999. In 692 career regular season games with the Magic, he averaged 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.45 steals per game. Anderson ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (692), field goals made (4,075), steals (1,004), field goals attempted (8,976), and three-point field goals attempted (2,480). Currently Anderson serves as the Magic’s community ambassador, a position he has held since 2006.
“We are so thrilled to unveil to our fans our first two inductees into the Magic Hall of Fame,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Both Pat and Nick are Magic basketball, really laying the foundation for our franchise. They are the perfect pair to begin this great legacy of remembrance and recognition in the rich history of the Orlando Magic.”
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