Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 80 G, 36.3 MPG, 23.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 12.2 APG, 1.7 SPG
Player Efficiency Rating: 27
Magic's 1986-87 season was arguably the best all-around year of his career. Not only did he win the MVP award on the strength of a career-best 23.9 points per game and a league best 12.2 assists per game, but his Lakers defeated the rival Celtics in their third NBA Finals matchup in four years.
Johnson was also able to set a career high with 80 games played, helping the Lakers overcome their disappointing end to the previous season and a mid-season injury to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar en route to a championship. For Magic, it would be the first of his three career MVP awards.