2) Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
(1979-1991, 1996) PG, 6ft9, 220lb
1st overall pick in the 1979 draft
5x NBA champion (1980, ’82, ’84, ’87, ’88)
3x NBA Finals MVP
3x NBA MVP
12x NBA All-Star
4x NBA assists leader
2x NBA steals leader
The key to the Showtime Lakers era, Magic Johnson is arguably the greatest point guard of all-time. With his pin point passing, he ran the point guard position to perfection. Getting his teammates involved with his passes was the key to Lakers basketball in the ’80s and his size and height was an advantage against the smaller point guards.
In Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals, the league’s MVP and the Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suffered an injury. Magic stepped up and played center and all the other positions in that game, pulling down a game high of 15 rebounds, dishing out 7 dimes and scoring 42 points. This secured the title for the Lakers, and Magic was named the NBA Finals MVP. What made this title even more remarkable was the fact that this was Magic’s rookie year. With such maturity at the age of 20, Magic proved to be a leader, securing the number 2 spot on the greatest Lakers of all-time list.