Two Decades Ago a “Penny” Arrived

 

On this day twenty years ago Orlando Magic rookie Anfernee Hardaway notched his first career triple-double.  “Penny” went for 14 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a double OT loss to the Dino Radja led Boston Celtics.

The Magic led by Shaquille O’Neal and Hardaway would win fifty games in 1994 before losing to the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.

The former All-America from Memphis finished his rookie year in the NBA by becoming the first newcomer since Michael Jordan to average 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game.  Besides MJ and Penny only Magic Johnson and Chris Paul have accomplished this feat in their rookie seasons.

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