1999-2000 was my first year as a real Magic fan, it was also the year of the original "heart and hustle" Magic team. Doc Rivers lead this rag-tag set of players to a 41-41 record, within one game of playoff berth. Everyone remembers the glorious "Big" Ben Wallace and the electrfying performances he has as our center, Corey "Uh-Oh Maggette-o" Maggette, Matt "The Musician" Harpring, and Chucky "Child's Play" Atkins (yes, I just made most of those nicknames up). What is an even more interesting takeaway is the spike in stats each of these players would experience, as all of them were traded the following year to make room for improvements (most notably, Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill). While it can be argued whether letting go of these players were worth trade, hinging on Grant Hill's inactivity because of his ankle, it is amusing to consider which player Magic fans would consider to be the most detrimental release. Or in other words, which player do you regret trading the most?
It should be a general consensus that Ben Wallace would top the list. After a steller season with the Magic he went on to win 4 Defensive Player of the Year awards before fading into unecessarily large contract obscurity. So for the sake of common sense, I wont even consider adding him to the poll.
However there are others. Namely, the three mentioned above. Granted a player's stats does not show how "good" he is as a player, which is why this is an opinion poll versus a "who is the BEST player the Magic traded off?"
There are the candidates. Now vote!
Which player do you regret the Magic trading the most?
Chucky Atkins (5 votes)
Matt Harpring (19 votes)
Corey Maggette (86 votes)
Why isn't Reece Gaines mentioned here? (17 votes)
127 total votes