Victor Oladipo & Dwight Howard might be the Greatest Magic Players ever according to new Orlando Sentinel Survey
The most famous, or should I say infamous, survey in Orlando Sentinel history was done on July 16th of 1996 when the Orlando paper asked readers if they thought Shaq was worth $115 million over 7 seasons. 91% of the 5,000 readers that called in (this was before text and online voting youngsters) said no. One guy that didn’t call the paper but called Shaq and his agent and agreed that Shaq wasn’t worth $115 million was Jerry West – he thought Shaq was worth $120 million.
The next thing you know, Shaq was in LA teaming up with a rookie Kobe Bryant and the rest is history. Then during Shaq’s first championship run in 2000, the Orlando Sentinel wrote about the 1996 survey and said “Was the survey really worth it? I am more than 91.4 percent certain that it was not.”
13 years after that apology article, the Sentinel is back with another survey to determine who readers think is the greatest player in Magic history and the results from the 28,000 votes is more ridiculous than the 96 survey that caused Shaq to leave. The only thing you need to know about this survey is that after 1 day, rookie Victor Oladipo is leading Penny Hardaway with 52% of the votes and one of the 3 reporters in the following video thinks it’s ridiculous that one of the other reporters thinks Shaq was a better Orlando Magic player than Dwight Howard.
As somebody who was in Orlando when the franchise was created and filled up stacks and stacks of VHS tapes with Orlando Magic highlights from the early to mid 90s, it’s going to be really painful for me to follow the results of this survey.
If you want to vote, then click on this link. If you want to shake your head, then watch the video above.