Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is a former professional basketball player that is widely remembered as an NBA legend and Los Angeles sports icon. As a three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star selection, Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to win an incredible five NBA Championships during his unforgettable 13 year career. Since his retirement from the NBA in 1996, Magic has become a successful entrepreneur and is currently part of an ownership group that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks.
As the first overall pick of the 1979 NBA Draft, Magic Johnson took his talents to the next level after a college basketball campaign at Michigan State University that named him an NCAA champion. The 1979 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player was a basketball superstar before he even reached the NBA and was considered one of the most anticipated players of his draft class. Joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles, Johnson made an immediate impact on the Lakers, averaging 18 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game for the season. Johnson was also named an All-Star and was named the NBA Finals MVP after taking the Lakers to a 1980 NBA Championship in his very first season of professional basketball.
Continuing to dominate the court in the following seasons, Magic Johnson averaged 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and a league-topping 2.7 steals per game during the 1981-1982 season and led the Lakers to a second NBA Championship. In addition to being named 1982 NBA Finals MVP, Johnson also joined Oscar Robinson and Wilt Chamberlain at the only players in NBA history to record over 700 points, 700 rebounds, and 700 assists in the same season. During the very next season, Johnson led Los Angeles back to the Finals, but the Lakers fell short to the Sixers.