During an 8-year tenure as a member of the Orlando Magic, Bo Outlaw averaged only 6 points and 6 rebounds per game. It is with that knowledge that we present to you the fact that the Magic organization has plans to honor Outlaw during its “Legends Nights” series on Friday night when the team takes on the Los Angeles Lakers.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) January 21, 2014
It’s important to note that Outlaw, while averaging only 6 points and 6 boards overall, did provide positive value throughout his time with the Magic. The now 42-year-old forward posted a PER (player efficiency rating) above average in 3 full seasons and in 1997-1998, Outlaw averaged 9.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks (10th in the NBA) and 1.3 steals in a staggering 36 minutes per game.
Though none of those statistical measures place Outlaw among the game’s best, he does rank in the top-10 over several categories in franchise history (including being the all-time leader in FG%, ahead of even Dwight Howard). Still, the biggest legacy for Outlaw is probably that of a fan favorite, and I am completely okay with a team recognizing one of its “favorite sons” with a night all to himself.
Bo Outlaw was never one of the best players in the NBA, but for a pocket of Magic fans, he represents a better, more exciting team, and that’s perfectly fine.