Orlando Magic, NBA
- First draft pick in Orlando Magic franchise history (1989)
- Orlando Magic’s all-time leading scorer and first on the total games played, minutes played and steals list
- Played on the Magic with teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway
- Led the University of Illinois Illini to a 31-5 record season (1989)
- Founded the Nickels for Nick organization
Nick Anderson was the face of the Orlando Magic in the 1990's. The shooting guard spent 13 years in the NBA from 1989 to 2002. Nick was the first draft selection in Orlando Magic franchise history, picked 11th overall by the team in the 1989 Draft. Throughout Nick’s 10 seasons in Orlando, he solidified himself as the Magic’s all-time leader in games played, minutes played, points and steals. Nick was second all-time in rebounding behind Shaquille O’Neal. In addition to Shaq, Nick shared the court with Penny Hardaway. Nick finished his career with the Magic having scored more than 10,000 career points. Before retiring from the sport, Nick played for the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies for one season.
Before going pro, Nick played collegiately for the University of Illinois for two seasons, playing with fellow NBA players Kendall Gill and Marcus Liberty. Nick averaged 18 points and 7.9 rebounds during his final season and led the Illini to an exceptional 31-5 record that year.
Aside from his accomplishments on the court, Nick has worked hard off the court to contribute to his community. During his professional career, Nick founded the Nickels for Nick organization to raise money for Meals on Wheels, an organization that provides home-delivered meals to people in need. Nick had the nickname “Saint Nick” around his Orlando community for his dedication to social reform. In 1996, he received the Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for his contributions. Nick has now returned to the Magic organization, serving in the community relations department.