Magic Launch Name the Team Contest for Lakeland D-League

Name the New D-League Team Contest

Calling all basketball fans! The Orlando Magic want you to help name their new D-League team in Lakeland. Currently the team’s D-League affiliate is the Erie BayHawks, but that well change next season when the unnamed D-league team in Lakeland takes the court. So if you want to get in on the action, all you have to do is submit your name idea at: www.OrlandoMagic.com/Lakeland from now until January 20th. But it gets even better, as the first person to submit the wining name will receive two season tickets for the inaugural 2017-2018 season. The Magic are also offering a pair of opening night tickets for the new team to the first 10 people who participate in the contest. This contest is very similar to the one the Chicago Bulls held last year which is how they came up with the “Windy City Bulls” for their expansion D-League team.

Last month the Magic announced that they were purchasing the Erie BayHawks and relocating them to central Florida for the upcoming season. Once the move is complete, Orlando will become the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate. What is best about this move is the proximity to Orlando, as the team can be more aggressive in sending players back and forth between Orlando and Lakeland. Some teams are already doing this by sending players down on their off days, only to recall them a day later for a home game. This allows players who are otherwise buried deep on the bench to receive critical playing time that will help them reach their potential. In fact, the D-league has already produced several NBA All-Stars and 30% of the players on opening night rosters in the NBA has some D-League experience.

Now before you submit your name for the new team there are a few things to consider: You can only submit one name, the name must represent the Orlando Magic brand, the name must represent the city of Lakeland, and the Name should have long-term sustainability.

Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015, 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2018 NHL All Star Game 2016-2020 Outback Bowls