1. Magic Starts at Center, Wins Finals MVP

Date: 5/16/1980

Up 3-2 against Philly in a grueling Finals matchup, Kareem Abdul Jabbar was sidelined for Game 6 with a sprained ankle. The Lakers were emotionally wounded without their Captain and presumably looking ahead towards Game 7. But Magic Johnson was either too good or simply too naïve to be scared. Starting at center in Kareem's place, the rookie put on an exhibition in one of the most clutch performances of all time. Playing practically every position over the course of the contest, Johnson recorded 42 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists in a convincing 123-107 victory. Winning NCAA and NBA titles in back to back years, Magic shocked the world and another Laker dynasty was born.