Former Orlando Magic sharpshooter Dennis Scott, who earned the nickname “3-D” because of his prolific 3-point scoring, will become the 12th inductee into the organization’s Hall of Fame.
Magic CEO Alex Martins made the announcement during a surprise appearance on NBA TV’s pregame show Saturday evening ahead of Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets.
Scott will join John Gabriel (2022), Brian Hill (’22), Darrell Armstrong (’20), David Steele (’19), Tracy McGrady (’18), Jimmy Hewitt (’17), Penny Hardaway (’17), Rich DeVos (’16), Shaquille O’Neal (’15), Pat Williams (’14) and Nick Anderson (’14) in the Magic’s Hall of Fame.
The date and time for the induction ceremony will be determined at a later date.
“Dennis still remains one of the elite, long-range shooters in both Orlando Magic and NBA history,” Martins said in a statement. “His ability to shoot from beyond the three-point arc was a major key to our success during his time in Orlando and his records stand to this day. We are proud to make Dennis the next inductee into the Orlando Magic Hall of Fame.”
Scott, who was a key part of the run to the 1995 NBA Finals, played with the Magic from 1990-97 after being the fourth pick in the 1990 draft out of Georgia Tech.
He remains the Magic’s all-time leader in made 3s with 981.
Scott averaged 14.8 points., 3.1 rebounds. and 2.3 assists and shot 40.3% (981 of 2,432) on 3-pointers in 446 regular season games (322 starts) with Orlando.
He set a then-NBA single-season record with 267 3-pointers during the 1995-96 season, a record that lasted 10 years. The 11 3s he made vs. the Atlanta Hawks on April 18, 1996, was the league’s single-game record for almost seven seasons.
Both marks remain franchise records in their respective categories.
Scott averaged 12.2 points and shot 36.4% on 3s (92 of 253) in 41 playoff games (31 starts) with the Magic. The 7 3s he made during Game 2 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Indiana Pacers remain a franchise playoff record.
He also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Vancouver Grizzlies as part of his 10-season NBA career.
Since retiring, Scott has worked as a sports broadcaster and commentator. He’s been an analyst for Warner Bros. Discovery Sports (formerly known as Turner Sports) since 2008.
In addition to being the franchise’s leading 3-point shooter, Scott entered the season ranked in the top 10 in seven other categories:
- 3-pointers attempted (2,432, second);
- Field goals attempted (5,737, seventh);
- Games played (446, eighth);
- Steals (429, eighth);
- Points (6,603, 10th);
- Field goals (2,421, 10th);
- Minutes (13,692, 10th).