The annals of NBA history are replete with “What-Could-Have-Been” teams, those that, for one reason or another, fell short of their massive potential. No team embodies this more perfectly than the 1994-95 Orlando Magic, which featured the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Dennis Scott, Horace Grant, Brian Shaw, and Nick Anderson. Even though they were swept in the NBA Finals by the Houston Rockets, it seemed as if they were destined to be one of the great teams in the league for years to come. However, injuries and egos derailed those hopes, and within a few short seasons, that team was all but disbanded.
While we know what came of Shaq’s career, what about Anderson, Scott, and Grant? What happened to the lesser role players like Tree Rollins, Geert Hammink and Jeff Turner? Read on and see for yourself.
The 1994-95 season may have been the beginning of the end for the Magic, but it was just the start for Shaq. After leaving Orlando, he formed one of the most dominant duos with Kobe Bryant on the Los Angeles Lakers, winning back-to-back-to-back titles in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Four years later, he won a title on the Miami Heat as Dwyane Wade’s sidekick. His stints with the Cavaliers, Suns, and the Celtics proved less fruitful, unfortunately. You can currently catch Shaq on TNT’s Inside the NBA.