STYLE: Mover and shaker.
THE GOOD: Depending on whether you give him credit for driving this or not, picked Dwight Howard over Emeka Okafor. Recognized the value of Jameer Nelson and gave him a very affordable contract to keep him in 2007.
You can watch DeAndre Liggins talk about both the Magic and his time with former Kentucky and current Magic teammate Daniel Orton here.
In all four of Lewis’ years with the Magic, the Magic reached the 50-win mark. The franchise had done that only twice before then. The threat of Lewis at power forward and a 3-point barrage, made the Magic title contenders. He was mostly a 3-point shooter, but was an underrated defender too. He made those Magic teams work.
See how the Magic have stacked up record-wise over the past four season in terms of regular season and postseason record here.
Former Magic big man Adonal Foyle continues to be a stand-up guy.
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