Ranking Every NBA Finals MVP

4. Magic Johnson (1980)

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Opponent: Philadelphia 76ers
Result: Lakers over 76ers, 4-2
Finals stats: 21.5 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 8.7 APG, 2.7 SPG

Magic's incredible Game 6 is rightly celebrated as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) single-game performances in NBA playoff history, but let's not forget that he played five awesome games before he took the floor in Philadelphia as the Lakers' starting center.

Despite being a rookie and just 20 years old at the time, Magic played with a veteran's poise as he fed the ball to star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who attacked the heart of the 76ers defense with great gusto. After Kareem's ankle injury rendered him unable to play in Game 6, Magic showed that he too was destined for stardom as he posted 42 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists out of the center spot. On the strength of Magic's MVP performance, the Lakers won their first of five titles in the 1980s.

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