Scott Skiles close to signing with the Orlando Magic


Scott Skiles spent 5 seasons as a Orlando Magic player between 1989 and 1994 after being drafted in the premier season for the club. He soon became fan favorite and took over the starting point guard position. One of his biggest achievements as a player in Orlando is his 30 assists game against the Denver Nuggets back in 1990, which is still an all-time NBA record.

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Skiles started his coaching career when he took the role of a player/coach at PAOK Thessaloniki for the 1996-1997 Greek League season. After that he split 14 years of NBA coaching between the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. His biggest coaching achievements came in the shortened 1999-2000 season when he reached the Conference Semifinals with the Phoenix Suns and lost to the soon-to-be champions the Los Angeles Lakers. He repeated the same success with the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA playoffs.


Scott Skiles seems like a good fit for the Orlando Magic mainly because he has a huge support from team CEO Alex Martins, which is important when you have a young and talented team with players like Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Tobias Harris, which all need couple of more years to fully develop and build trust in each other.

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