The Orlando Magic team that takes the court against the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 20 will look dramatically different from the one that opened last season against the Miami Heat.
Orlando made major changes last season at the trade deadline as Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vicevic were each shipped away. The Magic are building for the future with a solid young core.
Before the season gets underway in less than two months, here’s a look at which Orlando player has the highest single-game total for each major statistical category:
Points: Terrence Ross – 51 vs. Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 25, 2014)
In 2014, Terrence Ross became just the second member of the Toronto Raptors ever to score 50 points in a game. His 51 points equaled another former Orlando Magic player, Vince Carter, for the most in franchise history. In a 126-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Ross shot 16-for-29 from the field and made 10 three-pointers. Ross also shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line. He’s currently one of just four Toronto players to score 50 points in a game. DeMar DeRozan broke the record with 52 points in 2018 before Fred VanVleet topped it again last season with 54 points in a 123-108 win over Ross and the Magic.
Rebounds: Robin Lopez – 20 vs. Sacramento Kings (March 20, 2016)
Dwight Howard and Nikola Vucevic used to hit the 20-rebound mark with some regularity during their days with the Magic, but the only player on the current roster to ever get there is newly-acquired Robin Lopez. Lopez did so just once and he did it as a member of the New York Knicks. In an 88-80 loss to the Sacramento Kings late in the 2015-16 season, Lopez tallied 23 points and 20 rebounds. The last Orlando player to go for 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game was Vucevic in a win over the Atlanta Hawks in March 2019.
Assists: Michael Carter-Williams — 16 vs. Dallas Mavericks (Nov. 29, 2014)
The Philadelphia 76ers opened the 2014-15 season by losing their first 17 games. Four nights before finally ending that streak however, Michael Carter-Williams set a career-high with 16 assists in a 110-103 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Carter-Williams finished with his third of five career triple-doubles, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds as well. His best assist night as a member of the Magic came last season when he finished with nine assists in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Steals: Michael Carter-Williams — 9 vs. Miami Heat (Oct. 30, 2013)
Michael Carter-Williams’ career-high for steals came in his NBA debut against the Miami Heat. Carter-Williams tallied nine steals for the Philadelphia 76ers, who rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter for a 114-110 victory. The nine steals are more than an Orlando player has ever recorded in a game. Nick Anderson holds the franchise record with eight against the Washington Bullets in November 1991.
Blocks: Robin Lopez — 8 vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 30, 2016)
Robin Lopez has yet to play a game for the Orlando Magic, but already has more rebounds and blocks in a game than anyone else on the active roster. As a member of the Chicago Bulls, Lopez tallied eight blocks in a 96-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers early in the 2016-17 season. Last season, Lopez averaged 0.6 blocks per game as a member of the Washington Wizards, which was a career-low.