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.
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