Magic Johnson Still Edges Out Kobe Bryant As Greatest Laker Of All-Time

Magic Johnson is widely considered the greatest point guard in NBA history, although an argument can be made for John Stockton who had the prototypical point guard body. Johnson basically created the term used today of a "point forward" meaning a taller individual player who can handle the ball like a point guard. 

Johnson put up some incredible numbers as a Laker and even came close to averaging a triple double in a season in 1981-1982. His career was cut short by his announcement of contracting the HIV virus.

In his career Johnson won five NBA championships. His accolades speak for themselves, which include three Finals MVPs, three MVPs, nine All-NBA First Team selections, one Second Team All-NBA selection, and First Team All-Rookie selection. 

In his career Johnson averaged 19.5 points, 11.2 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals, on 52 percent shooting, 30.3 percent from three, and 84.8 percent from the free throw line. 

He ranks number one all-time in assists per game and fourth all-time in total assists. 

In the playoffs Johnson's numbers were similar to his career averages like his 81-82 season, Johnson nearly averaged a triple double in the playoffs. Johnson was just 20 years old and in his rookie year in 1979-1980. 

In total he averaged 19.5 points, 12.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, on 50.6 percent shooting, 24.1 percent from three, and 83.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Johnson is number one all-time in assists, number one all-time in assists per game, third all-time in steals, sixth all-time in free throws, ninth all-time in playoff games, and 10th all-time in free throws attempted. 

If you are too young to have seen it, there's a truly amazing NBA Finals performance of Johnson. In his rookie season, Johnson replaced the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and started at center against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Johnson showed an a...

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