Now, this raises the question: why does Orlando Magic seem to have an affinity for Michigan’s basketball talent? Some might point to Juwan Howard’s Florida roots, as he ended his playing career with the Miami Heat. But, intriguingly, the connection seems to stem from the higher echelons of the Magic’s ownership.
The DeVos family, who have owned the Magic since 1991, have deep roots in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dan DeVos, current chairman and governor of the Magic, is a Grand Rapids native who also serves as CEO and governor of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
Could the Michigan connection be a mere coincidence or is it a well-calculated strategy by the DeVos family? Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Michigan basketball players have found a welcoming home in Orlando. Whether this trend will continue in the future is yet to be seen, but for now, it’s safe to say that the Magic is tinged with a distinct shade of Maize and Blue.