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Chuck Daly

COLLEGE: Bloomsburg (Pa.) State.

AGE: 67.


RECORD: 564-379.

NBA TITLES: 2 (1989, 1990).

LAST SEASON: Worked as NBA analyst for Turner Sports.

THE LINE: One of the oldest in his profession. Has a proven record and knack for getting the most out of his players. Brings a defensive-minded approach to the game _ not to mention a bullying spirit. Looked upon as the key to getting the Magic back to NBA prominence.

Penny Hardaway

COLLEGE: Memphis State.

AGE: 26.

SIZE: 6-7, 215.


LAST SEASON: 20.5 ppg, 5.6 apg.

THE LINE: After an injury-plagued season, he seems healthy and poised to lead the team again. Switch from point guard to shooting guard should mean increased scoring numbers, but probably not enough to unseat scoring champion Michael Jordan.

Nick Anderson

COLLEGE: Illinois.

AGE: 29.

SIZE: 6-6, 228.

POSITION: Guard/forward.

LAST SEASON: 12.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg.

THE LINE: Soothed by a new multimillion-dollar contract, he looks to rebound from his worst season since his rookie campaign. Distracted by injuries and erroneous sexual assault charges, he struggled offensively. Has worked on his free-throw shooting and seems eager to get back to his slashing inside game. Needs to be more than just a mild contributor offensively.

Darrell Armstrong

COLLEGE: Fayetteville State.

AGE: 29.

SIZE: 6-1, 180.


LAST SEASON: 6.1 ppg, 2.6 apg.

THE LINE: Had a surprising run during the playoffs that elevated him in the eyes of many, including Magic officials. Showed he could score, force turnovers and play under extreme pressure. Should play a more prominent role while sharing time with Mark Price as a backup to Derek Harper.

Brian Evans

COLLEGE: Indiana.

AGE: 24.

SIZE: 6-8, 220.

POSITION: Forward.

LAST SEASON: 1.4 ppg.

THE LINE: Missed the first half after shoulder surgery, then played sparingly. Although somewhat limited in his skills, he is an excellent set shooter who can hit the three-pointer and outhustle most people. Will fight for precious minutes at a crowded small forward position.

Horace Grant

COLLEGE: Clemson.

AGE: 32.

SIZE: 6-10, 245.

POSITION: Forward.

LAST SEASON: 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 spg.

THE LINE: Despite missing part of the playoffs with a wrist injury, he remains one of the team's most consistent performers. He still is difficult to guard because he plays mostly on the perimeter and continues to be a good rebounder. He may be asked to pick up his defense a little under Daly.

Derek Harper

COLLEGE: Illinois.

AGE: 36.

SIZE: 6-4, 206.


LAST SEASON: 10.0 ppg, 4.3 apg (with Dallas).

THE LINE: He is the true point guard this team always has wanted. The quintessential pro can do it all _ score, create, play defense and, perhaps most important, lead a team. Remains in great physical shape despite his age.

Tim Kempton

COLLEGE: Notre Dame.

AGE: 33.

SIZE: 6-10, 255.


LAST SEASON: Played 10 games (w/Spurs).

THE LINE: Starts on the injured reserve list. Is a veteran who could step in if Seikaly or Grant goes down. Has playoff experience, which could come in handy should the Magic get that far.

Jason Lawson

COLLEGE: Villanova.

AGE: 23.

SIZE: 6-11, 240.

POSITION: Forward/center.

LAST SEASON: 12.4 ppg (w/Villanova).

THE LINE: Starts on the injured list. Saw limited action during the preseason, but could get a few more minutes in mop-up duty once he comes off IR. Has quickness and agility, but not much scoring ability. Needs to get stronger to play at this level.

Charles "Bo" Outlaw

COLLEGE: Houston.

AGE: 26.

SIZE: 6-8, 210.

POSITION: Forward.

LAST SEASON: 7.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg (with Clippers).

THE LINE: The consummate role player. He has been the darling of the preseason, making an impact in virtually every aspect of the game. Scoring. Blocked shots. Rebounds. Defense. Look for him to get plenty of minutes under Daly, who loves his team-first attitude.

Dan Schayes

COLLEGE: Syracuse.

AGE: 38.

SIZE: 6-11, 260.


LAST SEASON: 3.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg.

THE LINE: The grizzled veteran is back for another season. Showed he still has some value _ despite his sometimes obvious awkwardness _ in the playoffs when he subbed admirably for the injured Grant. His playing time, however, could be challenged by younger players such as Outlaw, especially later in the season.

Rony Seikaly

COLLEGE: Syracuse.

AGE: 32.

SIZE: 6-11, 253.


LAST SEASON: 17.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg.

THE LINE: He is the team's best post player. He still is quick and agile, and has a nice touch around the basket. Like Grant, he will be asked to intensify his defense. If he can stay healthy, he should have another solid year.

Mark Price

COLLEGE: Georgia Tech.

AGE: 33.

SIZE: 6-0, 180.


LAST SEASON: 11.3 ppg, 4.9 apg.

THE LINE: Like Harper, he is a true professional with loads of experience and savvy. His numbers have dipped the past few years, but he still has a sweet outside stroke and enough quickness to penetrate and find the open man. He should contribute greatly _ on and off the court.

Derek Strong

COLLEGE: Xavier.

AGE: 29.

SIZE: 6-9, 240.

POSITION: Forward.

LAST SEASON: 8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg.

THE LINE: Proved to be an invaluable addition last season, especially when Grant and Seikaly got hurt. Team was fortunate to re-sign him. He should see more minutes because Daly likes his grit, rebounding muscle and excellent free-throw shooting.

Johnny Taylor

COLLEGE: Tennessee-Chattanooga.

AGE: 23.

SIZE: 6-9, 220.

POSITION: Forward.

LAST SEASON: 16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg (with UT-Chattanooga).

THE LINE: Injuries have kept him from showcasing his skills, but the team remains very high on him even though he's starting on injured reserve. There's talk he might be a strong candidate for rookie of the year. Will compete for time at small forward with Anderson, Wilkins, Evans and maybe even Outlaw.

Gerald Wilkins

COLLEGE: Tennessee-Chattanooga.

AGE: 34.

SIZE: 6-6, 225.

POSITION: Guard/forward.

LAST SEASON: 10.6 ppg.

THE LINE: Re-signed for another season. One of the club's most reliable players. His experience should help on the floor and in the locker room. Is passionate about his off-season workouts, so he will be in good shape once again. Like Anderson, he can hit the outside shot and penetrate effectively.