ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic will relocate its NBA G League affiliate to Kissimmee, FL, and it will be rebranded as the Osceola Magic. Their new home will be in Osceola Heritage Park, beginning play at Silver Spurs Arena in November 2023, CEO and Managing Partner Alex Martins announced recently.
“We are excited to bring the Magic and NBA G League basketball to Osceola County, Kissimmee and Osceola Heritage Park,” said Martins. “We would like to thank Osceola County Chairwoman Viviana Janer, County Manager Don Fisher and Osceola Heritage Park General Manager Robb Larson in assisting us in making this move a reality. We look forward to being an invested community partner in Kissimmee and Osceola County.”
“Osceola County’s strategic planning continues to attract top tier organizations that share in our vision for the community,” said Janer. “We are honored to have the Osceola Magic make their new home at OHP. When it comes to sports and entertainment, we already host many premium events and organizations. Today, I’m proud that the Orlando Magic organization is joining the list of marquee partners that call Osceola County and Osceola Heritage Park their home. We look forward to cheering on our new team and welcoming fans from all over to experience the magic of Osceola County.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome the Osceola Magic to our community and to Osceola Heritage Park,” said Larson. “This partnership will not only bring exciting professional basketball games to Osceola County, but also provide opportunities to local businesses and tourism. We look forward to working closely with the team to create a memorable experience for fans and players alike.”
The NBA G League is the NBA’s official developmental league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for careers in the NBA, while acting as the league’s research and developmental laboratory. The NBA G League features 30 teams – 28 with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises.
This past season, 49 G League players earned NBA Call-Ups, and the league saw its 900th Call-Up of all-time, as well as its 700th different player called up since the league was established in 2001. Throughout the NBA season, at least 54% of players on NBA rosters had G League experience, with that number reaching as high as 58% during 2022-23 play. During the 2022-23 campaign, seven members of the Orlando Magic spent time in the G League with their affiliate (R.J. Hampton, Kevon Harris, Caleb Houstan, Jonathan Isaac, Chuma Okeke, Admiral Schofield, Jay Scrubb).
The Orlando Magic’s G League affiliate captured the 2021 NBA G League championship.
Jeff Weltman is the president of basketball operations for the Orlando Magic. Hans Steinbrenner is the president of the Osceola Magic, while Kevin Tiller serves as general manager for the Osceola Magic and Joe Barrer is the team’s head coach. Trent Pennington is the assistant general manager.
Season and group ticket deposits for the 2023-24 season are now being accepted by calling (407) 447-2140, visiting OsceolaMagic.com or emailing info@OsceolaMagic.com.