The 25 Greatest Players of the NBA's Golden Era

2. Magic Johnson

Accomplishments: 12-time All-Star, Three-time MVP, Five-time NBA Champion, Ninet-time First Team All-NBA
Team(s): Los Angeles Lakers
Career Stats: 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Years Played: 1979-1991; 1995-1996

There has never been a more dynamic, magnetic player than Earvin "Magic" Johnson, an incredible blend of size and athleticism that is unmatched in the history of the game (save for perhaps LeBron James). At 6'9", Magic possessed the size of a power forward but the speed and handle of a point guard. As the director of the Lakers' "Showtime" offense, he was the driving force behind the most dangerous attack in the entire league, often dishing out ridiculous no-look assists to his waiting teammates. In averaging 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game, he nearly averaged a triple-double for his career and registered 138 for his career, the second-most in history. His 11.2 APG is the highest assists per game average in NBA history, and statistics can't even do justice to the simple "wow factor" of many of those passes. Winning five titles also speaks for itself and proves that Magic knew what it took to win, not just what it took to pad his stats.

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