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Championship teams: Los Angeles Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88)
Accolades: 3x Finals MVP, 3x regular season MVP, 12x All-Star, 9x All-NBA First Team
Career stats: 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG
It didn't take long for the Los Angeles Lakers to realize that they made the right choice when they selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 Draft. With teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar unable to play Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals due to a sprained ankle, a 6'8" Magic stepped up to play center and scored 42 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out seven assists and even nabbed three steals. It was the start of a beautiful, albeit short, marriage on-the-court for the tandem of Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson, who won five titles in 10 seasons together.
During that span, Magic further separated himself from just being the Robin to Kareem's Batman by putting up absolutely ridiculous playoff high marks, including 24 assists in a game against the Phoenix Suns in 1984 and amassing 157 double-doubles in his postseason career, a record which was broken by Tim Duncan this season.
Even though Earvin needed to step away from the game of basketball in his early 30s after he contracted the HIV virus, the work he put in while on the court will make him one of the best to ever play the game and is widely-recognized as the best point guard of all-time.