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27 Teams In 27 Days: Meet The Lakeland Magic

By Jake Winderman | August 30, 2018

Team: Lakeland Magic

First Season: 2008-2009 (Erie BayHawks)

Affiliate: Orlando Magic

Location: Lakeland, Florida

Arena: RP Funding Center

Head Coach: Stan Heath

Former Franchise Names: Erie BayHawks (2008-2017)

Mascot: Swish

2017-2018 Finish: 28-22 (2nd in Southeast), Lost in 1st Round of Eastern Conference Playoffs

2017-2018 Accolades: Rodney Purvis (NBA G League All-Rookie Team)

Current Two-Way Players: Troy Caupain (Cincinnati) and Amile Jefferson (Duke)

Notable Alumni: Jeremy Lin, Jonathan Isaac, Seth Curry, Garrett Temple, Danny Green, Blake Ahearn, Tyler Cavanaugh, Ed Davis, Ricky Davis, Dewayne Dedmon, Tyler Harvey, C.J. Leslie, Josh Magette, Amar’e Stoudemire, C.J. Wilcox

The Lakeland Magic entered the NBA G League during the 2008-2009 season as the Erie BayHawks. The team spent 9 seasons in Erie, Pennsylvania, qualifying for the postseason in three of those nine seasons. In December of 2016, the Orlando Magic announced that they had purchased the original BayHawks franchise, and would be relocating the team to Lakeland, Florida for the 2017-2018 season. The partnership made the Lakeland Magic the 17th NBA G League team to be officially owned by their NBA affiliate franchise.

During their inaugural season in Lakeland, the Magic qualified for the playoffs after going 28-22 during the regular season and finishing 2nd in the Southeast Division behind the new Erie BayHawks. During the course of the season, Lakeland had three players named Player of the Week, in Rodney Purvis, Byron Mullens and Troy Caupain. They also had one player named Player of the Month in Rodney Purvis. Purvis was also named to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team after leading the team in scoring with 20.5 points per game.

The Lakeland Magic are also one of two teams in NBA G League history to call the state of Florida their home. Before the Magic, the Florida Flame played in Fort Myers, Florida from 2004-2006 as the affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. Lakeland’s previous affiliates, before Orlando, include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.

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