Position: Point guard
Who's the starter: Jameer Nelson
Why he's starting: Nelson is about to begin his 10th NBA season, all with the Magic. He's the team's heart and soul. He's fearless, always willing to attempt game-tying or game-winning shots. Nelson is a good scorer and a good shooter from long distance, although his 3-point accuracy dipped to 34.1 percent last season as the Magic lacked a consistent low-post scoring threat and opposing defenses keyed on the Magic's backcourt. Nelson is listed as 6 feet tall, but that listing is probably generous. He's a good rebounder for someone his size, but his lack of height can leave him vulnerable against taller point guards. Nelson needs to do a better job at keeping the ball in front of him in the season ahead. Although he played a career-high 35.3 minutes per game last season, a few nagging injuries — and the Magic's unwillingness to rush him back — limited him to 56 games. Nelson could be traded before the mid-February NBA trade deadline.
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Who are the backups: The Magic used the second overall pick in June's draft to select 6-foot-4 Victor Oladipo out of Indiana University. The team raised eyebrows around the league when it became apparent that it will try to play Oladipo at point guard in the year ahead; Oladipo is a natural shooting guard who has never played point guard in high school or college. Oladipo is a hard-nosed player with a superb work ethic, and team officials believe his confidence can withstand the rough nights that will inevitably occur as he learns how to play the point. Team officials believe Oladipo can become an elite perimeter defender early in his career.
During the offseason, the Magic signed 30-year-old journeyman Ronnie Price to be the team's third-string point guard. Price is a low-maintanance player who should be a good influence on the Magic's youngsters. Second-year player Doron Lamb and third-year player E'Twaun Moore also can play point guard.
Who has played this position first: Sam Vincent started 45 games during the Magic's first season, including the team's first regular-season game. Vincent appeared in 151 games for Orlando over three seasons, averaging 10.1 points per game during his Magic tenure.
Who else has played this position: Scott Skiles was a member of the Magic for the franchise's first five seasons. On Dec. 30, 1990, Skiles set an NBA single-game record by dishing out 30 assists during a 155-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
But the Magic's first — and, perhaps, only — superstar point guard was 6-foot-7 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. Acquired as a rookie in a draft night trade in 1993, Hardaway immediately posed matchup problems for opposing defenses, and he wound up averaging 16.0 points and 6.6 assists per game. Hardaway helped propel the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals. By Aug. 1999, his relationship with the team had soured, and he left in a sign-and-trade deal.
Darrell Armstrong was a fan favorite at point guard. He was a key cog of the Magic's 1999-2000 "Heart & Hustle" team that surprised experts by posting a 41-41 record during Doc Rivers' first season as the Magic's coach. Armstrong played a total of 502 regular-season games for Orlando.
Another notable former Magic point guard was Steve Francis, who averaged 19.4 points per game over two seasons in the mid-2000s.
Rafer Alston was acquired via trade during the 2008-09 season after Nelson suffered a significant shoulder injury. Alston was the team's starter during its push to the 2009 NBA Finals.