How the Orlando Magic went from a Finals contender to the NBA's worst team in just 4 years

25 Th10, 2020
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Dwight Howard's 2020 championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers must have been a relief, because back when Dwight was the Orlando Magic's superstar center, he watched a shot at a title crumble around him.
The 2009 Eastern Conference champion Magic were a bit lucky, and a bit of a surprise contender, but they clearly had something cooking. Stan Van Gundy's system surrounded Dwight with a record-setting bunch of shooters, and there was a clear path forward to keep that team intact. Instead, GM Otis Smith tinkered with his roster. When that team failed to match the prior season's success, the tinkering continued, and things only got worse. Howard got restless, the Magic overreacted with some all-out moves, and before you knew it, the kings of the East hit rock bottom.
This is the story of a team underrated for its revolutionary greatness, and how they lost their identity and their superstar just 4 years after a Finals appearance. This is the collapse that ended the first chapter of Dwight Howard's fascinating career.
Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
Edited by Jiazhen Zhang
Motion graphics by Michael Das
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  • I forgot how messy this was.

    Jacob SutcliffeJacob Sutcliffe4 ngày trước
  • Alternate title: How the Orlando Magic went from a Dwinner to a Dwightmare to Dwightless.

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  • One day, this team will shine again

    Ben GBen G6 ngày trước
  • Not like d12 any better than magic bouncing around nba

    perry youngperry young7 ngày trước
  • skip to my lou

    steven Simmonssteven Simmons10 ngày trước
  • Been binging on these.

    Genxtasy 99Genxtasy 9913 ngày trước
  • I had a friend who always picked them in 2k9 and he would win games just passing it to Lewis, pull up 3, Howard goes for the boards. That's my memory of this team.

    timlamiamtimlamiam14 ngày trước
  • The coolest thing about Turkey Glu is his name sounds like Turkey Glu.

    Seth MakiSeth Maki15 ngày trước
  • Hasn't got better

    HighhaloguyHighhaloguy19 ngày trước
  • Who's here after the Magic traded Vucevic and Gordon and now they're rebuilding again

    Mitch TrubiscuitMitch Trubiscuit21 ngày trước
  • How the 17-0 Dolphins crumbled after the "Sea of Hands".

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  • How 2 horrible trades in 1986 sent the Sixers into a huge downward spiral

    Darth PlutoDarth PlutoTháng trước
  • 3:51 Healthy KG? Nah. That injury changed KG's game. He wasn't the dominant KG like he was before the injury. Dwight was scared of pre-injury KG. Not post-injury KG. That injury alone is the reason why the Celtics didn't 3peat.

    rob19nyrob19nyTháng trước
  • Second center to lose a finals in Orlando and win one with the Lakers

    Gunn 23Gunn 23Tháng trước
  • As a Magic fan, this was hard to watch. Also, Hennigan was the worst GM in team history.

    Thicc BoiThicc BoiTháng trước
  • The Jazz are the 09 Magic right now accept the Jazz have Donavan Mitchell who's WAY better than anyone on that Magic team

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  • 4x dpoy certainly a hofer if you have a brain. I’ll never forget how much a beast this guy was in Orlando only Shaq could play more physical in the history of the game.

    Shane JonesShane Jones2 tháng trước
  • jameer nelson, vince carter, turkologu, lewis, howard. what a team.

    Oj MayoOj Mayo2 tháng trước
  • Rather pay Dwight than Rudy.

    teddytubeteeteddytubetee2 tháng trước
  • U should of mentioned my boy Jason Richardson

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  • Miami Heat r trying to so the same thing

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  • Does anyone know the music in the video?

    ralphyralphy2 tháng trước
  • Crazy how the Magic had guys like Shaq, T-Mac, Penny, Grant Hill and of course Dwight, but their highest achievement was a Finals appearance. They should have at least brought home the chip once.

    MambaBreezy24MambaBreezy242 tháng trước
  • Nearly 7 footer Rashard Lewis ... 6’8” My Guy

    The Funny JawnThe Funny Jawn2 tháng trước
    • Right dwight barely 6'10 and he's not close to 7'0

      Jose vasquezJose vasquez15 ngày trước
  • pls do rewinder: wrestlemania 3 hogan slammed andre

    razor ramonrazor ramon2 tháng trước
  • Bro the Orlando Magic are not the worst team. The Knicks are the worst you crack heads

    Sophia VegaSophia Vega2 tháng trước
  • if Giannis is in this Era.. he Might win a Ring.

    Marc MengMarc Meng2 tháng trước
  • Video Idea: How the Cavaliers Collapsed Seth: LeBron left in Free Agency, and they immediately became the worst team in the league, that's it end of video.

    Ulquiorra CiferUlquiorra Cifer2 tháng trước
  • Shaq leaves Magic: Wins 3 rings the Lakers Brian Shaw leaves Magic: Wins 5 rings with the Lakers Horace Grant leaves Magic: Wins ring with the Lakers Dwight Howard leaves Magic: Wins ring with the Lakers Frank Vogel gets fired by the Magic: Wins ring with the Lakers

    King AKing A3 tháng trước
  • 2009-2010 Magic was a beast, they rolled almost every tough team.. and pave a smooth way on the playoff series, but unfortunately lost to the healthy celtics team at ECF..

    I Made WerliantaI Made Werlianta3 tháng trước
  • NBAs worst team? That’s a stretch

    Drug Enforcement AdministrationDrug Enforcement Administration3 tháng trước
  • Could you do a collapse on the Phoenix Suns

    Boaz LeeBoaz Lee3 tháng trước
  • He did what Bron did before Bron. He forced the franchise to make a better roster in Orlando. Then, he dipped lol

    James BowserJames Bowser3 tháng trước
  • Next Collapse : 2020 Miami Heat

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  • LeBron James

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  • Orlando can blow it up this season, they not making playoffs

    coolruiz19coolruiz194 tháng trước
  • Can’t wait for the inevitable Rockets video to drop in the near future

    ACEACE4 tháng trước
  • You guys need to do an episode about the Bulls, they’ve fallen pretty far from their heights in the 90’s

    Jack MarkowitzJack Markowitz4 tháng trước
  • DAYUM that ‘09 team was a SQUAD!!!

    Marc RichardsonMarc Richardson4 tháng trước
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  • Dwight's redemption arc to champion is one of the most fascinating storylines in the NBA. And the Magic are one of the most frustrating orgs ever. Amassed so much greatness and realized such little potential. Great deep dive video!

    A. E.A. E.4 tháng trước
  • This is severely lacking the exact moment in time, when every person who followed basketball know Howard would never live up to his draft potential (Larry O'Brian Championship, wise). It was going into Howard's rookie year in the NBA, having JUST been drafted by the Orlando Magic. There were no NBA games yet, so it was essentially slow news weeks, when it came to the NBA, and an NBA reporter (or possibly a local beat writer) asked an 18 year old Dwight Howard, basicall, what it was, he thought, as a young kid, he could bring to a team that was bad enough to warrant the #1 draft pick in the NBA draft that year. Now, there are a BUNCH of correct answers that can be plucked from the "Athlete's Guide to Generic Answers to Sports Reporter Questions" Such as: "Energy" "I think we have a good group of guys here, so I'm just hoping to learn as much as possible from (coach) & contribute when I get my opportunities

    DoobieKeeblerDoobieKeebler4 tháng trước
  • Someone do the collapse of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2017 SB Year to now

    TLE0622 IPLTLE0622 IPL4 tháng trước
  • When Hedo Turkoglu started 2 collapses on the 2 best teams he played...

    Carlson HouseCarlson House4 tháng trước
  • For collapse, can we get it about college programs that once dominated but no longer are back to their glory days? Personally, I'd love to see a collapse episode about Michigan football.

    Nick WitgenNick Witgen4 tháng trước
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    Lex BlessedLex Blessed4 tháng trước
  • My favourite clip of Dwight is when he says he’s open to Steve Nash, like it’s Steve Nash, he decides when you’re open.

    Oliver DennisOliver Dennis4 tháng trước
  • There should be a series just like this but the opposite, call it re build. I imagine it being like a mix or collapse and rewinder. Start with the peak, winning the world series or the super bowl etc., and then go back and look at how they went from a bad/ mediocre team, to champs. and take us through the story with a graph and blacked out photos of the championship squad just like collapse. It would be awesome to se a rebuild episode and a collapse episode back to back on the same championship team.

    Alexander RamirezAlexander Ramirez4 tháng trước
  • I’ll never forget when the media used to clown Dwight for acting like a kid in his early 20’s when he was a kid in his early 20’s

    Noah MarkmanNoah Markman4 tháng trước
  • I would love to see a Rewind of when Lebron made Gilbert Arenas miss two free throw IFYKYK REPLY if you wanna see that too!!

    Joshua PalmerJoshua Palmer4 tháng trước
  • I’m surprised there hasn’t been a collapse with the 95 magic with penny and shaq. Need that to drop ASAP

    Marcus MelidorMarcus Melidor4 tháng trước
  • People really forget how good Dwight was, can't believe people think he isn't a Hall of Fame player 🤦

    ccwkex sccwkex s4 tháng trước
  • Suggestion: Beef history: Lebron James vs Paul Pierce

    duke salazarduke salazar4 tháng trước
  • I remember watching the 09 finals run and losing my mind. Greatest basketball moment of my life

    CMD 3CMD 34 tháng trước
  • Who here after the Dwight to the 76ers....

    jay Danielsjay Daniels4 tháng trước
  • it’s crazy, been a magic fan since I was a little kid. Remember when they made the finals in 09 I was a kid crazy how bad they are.

    Holden RickerHolden Ricker4 tháng trước
  • Similar to gianiss situation tho

    khadafikhadafi4 tháng trước
  • Yoooo is watching the draft live on twitch. Come on over.

    Isaac TaneIsaac Tane4 tháng trước
  • Just realized.. Dwight won a championship in Orlando but just not on the Magic 😂

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  • Did anyone else notice how the video frequently used SB Nation articles with the author's name clearly visible? 😂

    Nathaniel MillerNathaniel Miller4 tháng trước
  • I never heard of this no name European all-star replacement for Howard EVER!

    Joshua KimJoshua Kim4 tháng trước
  • Know this comment might get lost in an old video, but you guys should tackle the rise and fall and rise now fall again Toronto Raptors. You guys got a lot in your plate, understandable and you don’t need fans pecking down your throat for video ideas, but the Carter era, which you guys covered, to no one wanting to come up north to bosh to the eventual Leonard trade and win has been down right nuts.

    Daniel BurndDaniel Burnd4 tháng trước
  • yall gotta do a suns collapse

    meankrandelmeankrandel4 tháng trước
  • As a Magic, I like the video but also hate it!! Especially knowing all of this. That team was deeper than the Lakers and Cavs. Turk leaving was the beginning but we could have been okay... it was trading away Lee and draft picks that really got it going! Just a disaster after that next year. Trading away 2 all stars during all this misserable past 10 years is depressing. So much wasted potential

    Me MineMe Mine5 tháng trước
  • They have never, not once, ever been, the worst team in the league.

    Brian RubyBrian Ruby5 tháng trước
  • make a houston rockets collapse

    Jozyr Benoit Dy 李阳威Jozyr Benoit Dy 李阳威5 tháng trước
  • When will we get to see the Patriots fall from grace?

    Lyles KirwinLyles Kirwin5 tháng trước
  • Medias built Dwight's reputation, making idiotic narratives on tensions with Van Gundy, Kobe, Nash & Harden. If something wasn't working somewhere Dwight was, it was systematically because of him...perceptions are so unfair

    japsnaperjapsnaper5 tháng trước
  • Are we not gonna acknowledge the fact that Turk Lewis and Nelson got caught juicing.

    Vinny SmooveVinny Smoove5 tháng trước
  • This team litterally beat the all time Chicago bulls Michael Jordan back then but now i cant belive they are downlfalling

    General ProYTGeneral ProYT5 tháng trước
  • Glad Dwight still won a ring in Orlando😎

    Timothy AsdentTimothy Asdent5 tháng trước
  • I'd like to see the Texans on the next episode of Collapse

    nborr258nborr2585 tháng trước
  • I’ve got a video idea: the rise of teams videos about teams that Rose to championships.

    Xx YoumamXx Youmam5 tháng trước
  • They should have won really the finals against the Lakers, if not coach Stan forced to reinsert Jameer Nelson who just came back from injury on starting lineup which really destroyed the chemistry of the team, he should have kept Alston on starting PG which they had really brought them to the finals

    gerdan bombalesgerdan bombales5 tháng trước
  • Seth is the coolest dude

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  • The Magic have been exceedingly lucky for such a young franchise. A good chunk of their existence has been them contending. With that said, the last 10 years of the Magic has been the universe reverting them to the average NBA franchise.

    Gumi ParkGumi Park5 tháng trước
  • Please do a Broncos collapse after Manning retired!

    Andrew HarrisAndrew Harris5 tháng trước
    • It might be a bit early yet, but if the Broncos do not return to the postseason in the next three or four seasons it would be a very good idea.

      guodadeguodade2 tháng trước
  • Now do one on the Schaub/Foster Texans! They went 12-4 in 2012

    Derek LeeDerek Lee5 tháng trước
  • We need more baseball collapse!

    Kayleigh LehrmanKayleigh Lehrman5 tháng trước
  • Do one on the Mets' double collapse post-2006.

    Jose AcevedoJose Acevedo5 tháng trước
  • This dude sounds like Bill Simmons to me

    Nick DebellaNick Debella5 tháng trước
  • This feels weirdly like Giannis. Multi-year DPOY, team trying to surround him with shooters, small market, looming free agency...

    Seth RobersonSeth Roberson5 tháng trước
  • Orlando's basketball team has a fitting name: Their talented players end up disappearing. Seriously, their best end up going elsewhere, or they end up wasting their talents.

    Justin HillenburgJustin Hillenburg5 tháng trước
  • This reminds me of when I used to get trigger happy with trades in NBA Live.

    CharethCutestoryCharethCutestory5 tháng trước
  • Collapse: 2020 NFC East

    Faris ChugthaiFaris Chugthai5 tháng trước
  • do mike tyson

    Elijah SherbinElijah Sherbin5 tháng trước
  • The collapse of the ‘95-96 Sonics leading to the departure of the team from Seattle. The “Luv Ya Blue!” Houston Oilers leading to the team moving to Tennessee The 1994 Expos leading to their departure from Montreal

    William RayWilliam Ray5 tháng trước
  • Do the suns

    Brandenn FullerBrandenn Fuller5 tháng trước
  • I'm just glad Dwight finally got a ring, like many other legends that never got it, he deserved it.

    Le Quoc HoanLe Quoc Hoan5 tháng trước
  • Do the broncos post Super Bowl 50 win

    Zombie15 GamingZombie15 Gaming5 tháng trước
  • Calling Dwight a “two-way” player is pretty generous...Dwight was a horrible scorer

    DarrylDarryl5 tháng trước
    • Mo No yea wrong choice of words I should’ve said “extremely limited scorer”

      DarrylDarryl5 tháng trước
    • He wasn't horrible. His offense just paled in comparison to his defense, and it certainly didn't align with the offense of other great Centers.

      Joe ParmesanJoe Parmesan5 tháng trước
    • Horrible scorers don’t score 20 plus point multiple years

      Mo NoMo No5 tháng trước
  • Lmao, this happened to the cavs in just ONE year.

    Dan FordDan Ford5 tháng trước
  • Sayang!!

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  • You have got to do collapse of the Houston rockets. They havent won since the 90’s and they havent even been to a championship game since the new millennium began. And it seems like they are in a middle of another collapse again.

    Taje ClemensTaje Clemens5 tháng trước
  • They made two mistakes.. the first was letting go of Hedo Turkoglu.. and the second was trading away Vince Carter halfway into the season.. They just didn't ride those waves long enough !

    fzfz5 tháng trước
  • sometimes sacrifice and changes makes a person became a winner, co'z if dwight didn't leave magic? he never won a ring.

    ehye ahhs-teegehye ahhs-teeg5 tháng trước