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Team: Lakeland Magic
League: NBA G League
Location: Lakeland, Fla.
Notable Players: Gabe York, Byron Mullens, B.J. Johnson, Troy Caupain, Anthony Brown, Rodney Purvis, Adreian Payne
Lakeland Magic TicketsThe Lakeland Magic is a minor league franchise that also serves as an important farm system for its owner and operator, the Orlando Magic. The roster consists of both NBA free agents who can sign anywhere and players who are under a direct contract with the Orlando Magic. These latter players can be sent down or recalled by the Magic based on the G League rules. The franchise was originally founded in 2008 as the Erie Bayhawks, which played in Erie, Penn. At various times, it entered into an affiliate agreement with several teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. In 2016, the Orlando Magic purchased the franchise and relocated it closer to home in Lakeland. The new Magic made the playoffs in both of its first two seasons in Lakeland, including a berth in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals. You can get your Lakeland Magic tickets at StubHub.
Which top Orlando draft picks have played for the Lakeland Magic?The Orlando Magic front office frequently sends down top prospects and draft picks to acquire experience in the minors. Melvin Frazier Jr., who was a second-round draft pick for the Magic, began playing for Lakeland in 2018. He averaged 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in his 18 appearances of his first season. Jonathan Isaac, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, also made a few brief appearances for Lakeland that season. Other high draft picks to appear for Lakeland include Chuma Okeke and Wesley Iwundu.
What was the Lakeland Magic’s record last season?The Lakeland Magic finished the 2018 to 2019 regular season first in the Southeast Division — and second in the entire Eastern Conference — with a record of 32-18. After receiving a first-round bye in the playoffs, Lakeland beat the Westchester Knicks 104-91 in the single-elimination playoffs. However, in the conference finals, the Magic lost to the Long Island Nets 108-106 in overtime. Four Magic players scored at least 20 points — Gabe York had 24, B.J. Johnson scored 22 and Amile Jefferson and Troy Caupain had 20 each — but Theo Pinson hit a three-point shot with less than a second left to clinch the victory for the Nets.
What are some top games on the Lakeland Magic's schedule?Lakeland’s 2019 to 2020 regular season, which lasts between Nov. 8 and March 28, consists of four games each against its three division foes: the Capital City Go-Go, Greensboro Swarm and Erie BayHawks. Other important conference foes include the Delaware Blue Coats, Wisconsin Herd, Canton Charge and Grand Rapids Drive. There are also three rematches against the Long Island Nets. Following the end of the regular season, the G League playoffs will begin no earlier than March 31. Six teams per conference will advance to the postseason.
Who is the head coach of the Lakeland Magic?Stan Heath became the head coach of Lakeland on Aug. 8, 2017. He had previously served much of his career at the college level, including early stops as an assistant in Hillsdale, Albion, Wayne State, Bowling Green and Michigan State. He later became head coach of Kent State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida. In his best-ever season, Heath led Kent State to the 2002 Elite Eight. He was also an assistant coach for Boston College between 2015 and 2017.
Where does the Lakeland Magic play?Lakeland plays all home games at the Jenkins Arena. Located within the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, the arena has a capacity of approximately 8,000 spectators. Since it opened in 1974, the arena has served as the home of numerous sports franchises.
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