Nov 22, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) leaves the game injured against the Utah Jazz during the fourth quarter at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 103-93. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Remembering Pat Garrity's Dunk Annihilation of Samuel Dalembert

The Orlando Magic are honoring Pat Garrity at tonight’s game versus the Pistons as part of their season-long 25th anniversary celebrations. To honor him, we are looking back at Pat Garrity’s dunk over Samuel Dalembert, one of his most unbelievable career highlights.

At first glance, Garrity looks like an unlikely player to receive such an honor, but he holds a place of high esteem in the fan’s and organization’s hearts. The sharpshooting power forward was ahead of the time, a stretch-4 before Ryan Anderson helped popularize the role in Orlando. Garrity retired with career averages of 7.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 39.8% shooting form beyond the arc. After being drafted by the Phoenix Suns, Garrity played 9 years in Orlando, the third longest Magic tenure ever behind Jameer Nelson and Nick Anderson.

The 6’9″ Garrity wasn’t a very athletic player, which is what made his dunk over Dalembert so shocking. Dalembert was billed as an elite defender, but as he weakly went to draw a charge, Garrity just destroyed him.

 

That ’06-’07 Orlando Magic team was in transition, with Dwight Howard in his second year and Grant Hill finally finding health. They finished 40-42, but Magic fans will always remember that Pat Garrity dunk as a bright spot in the team’s history. The Magic have had some incredible luck drafting stars and attracting free agents, but players like Garrity have helped this franchise build an identity over the last 25 years. He is worthy of the “legends” honor and a great part of Magic history.

Have any other good Pat Garrity memories? Share them in the comments below. Think there is a better dunk in Magic history? Debate me on twitter @rj_infantino.

Next Magic Game Full schedule »
Tuesday, Oct 2828 Oct7:00at New Orleans PelicansBuy Tickets

Tags: Dunk Orlando Magic Pat Garrity Samuel Dalembert Video

comments powered by Disqus