John Amaechi #13 (2018 Inductee)
Before the 2018 NBA London game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, we here at Orlando Magic UK were lucky enough to have the company of NBA and Orlando Magic legend John Amaechi visit us and meet some fans, talking about our love of the game. John kindly chatted away, posed for pictures and signed autographs.
Mikey and Geraint both feel that John deserves to be acknowledged for his continuous contributions to British Basketball and helping fans get interested in the NBA and in particular the Orlando Magic. We would like to induct John Amaechi as our inaugural Member of our Orlando Magic UK Hall of Fame.
John played a total of 166 games for the Orlando Magic, starting in 89 of those contests. His best season was with the Magic in 1999-2000 with the ‘Heart and Hustle Team’ where he averaged 10.5ppg pulling down 3.3 rebounds while shooting 44% in 21 minutes per game. He also appeared for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz playing a total of five seasons in the National Basketball Association.
Not many people will know this… but the first basket of the millennium was scored by ‘Meech’ at the brand new American Airlines Arena in Miami on the 1st January 2000 a 2 point bucket.