The 25 Greatest Playoff Performers in NBA History

3. Magic Johnson

Team(s): Lakers
Stats: 190 G, 19.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 12.3 APG, 23.0 PER
Playoff accolades: 5x NBA Champion (in nine Finals appearances), 3x Finals MVP
Playoff highlights

There will probably never be another Magic Johnson. He was unstoppable with the ball in the open floor, directing a Lakers' offensive attack that could hardly be contained on even their worst days. Magic's Finals heroics ranged from playing center (and recording 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to win the title and MVP) against the 76ers in 1980 to his game-winning "junior, junior, junior" skyhook against the Celtics in 1987. Of his 12 seasons in the NBA (we're not counting his depressing comeback in 1995-96), he was in the Finals 75 percent of those years. Obviously, he was doing something right.

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