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.
Averaging a double-double of 17.6 points, 13.1 assists, and 7.3 rebounds per game for the 1983-1984 season, Magic Johnson brought the Lakers to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance. The 1984 NBA Finals marked the first time the Los Angeles Lakers would meet the Boston Celtics in a battle for the title. In a seven-game series, the Lakers fell to the Celtics and the 1984 title is considered the one championship Los Angeles should have had but didn’t get, according to Johnson. Leading Los Angeles back to the Finals the next season, Johnson and the Lakers took on the Celtics in a rematch, where they took back the title in six games.
Coming off the team’s 1985 NBA Finals victory, Magic Johnson continued to average a double-double while helping the Lakers reach the Western Conference Finals, but Los Angeles missed the championship due to a Game 5 loss to the Rockets. Statistically, the 1086-1987 NBA season was one of Johnson’s greatest, as he averaged a career-high of 23.9 points with 12.2 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. Earning his first NBA Most Valuable Player Award, Johnson brought the Lakers back to the NBA Finals for the team’s third championship match-up against the Celtic. Johnson won Game 6 and the championship for the Lakers with his “junior, junior, junior sky-hook, plus took home his third NBA Finals MVP award.
Although no NBA team had won consecutive championships since the Celtics did so in the 1969 NBA Finals, Lakers Coach Pat Riley promised they would defend the title entering the 1987-1988 season. The Los Angeles Lakers reached the 1988 NBA Finals to face the Detroit Pistons after another productive Johnson season and a scary seven-game series for the Western conference title against the Mavericks. Splitting the first six games, the Lakers versus Pistons series would come down to Game 7, which Los Angeles won with a score of 108-105. Although he wasn’t named MVP of the series, Magic Johnson averaged 21.1 points with 13 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game for his fifth and final NBA Championship.
Before retiring from the NBA in 1996, Magic Johnson went on to win two more league MVP awards multiple championship appearances. Johnson also competed for the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics as a member of the famous “Dream Team”. Dominating the competition at the Olympics, the United States took home the gold with a record of 8-0. Celebrated for being the leader of the “Showtime” Lakers that captured 5 NBA Finals championships and a key member of the 1992 Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games, Magic Johnson is a basketball icon that will forever hold a place in sports history.
Considered to be one of the greatest point guards of all-time with five NBA Championships and three league MVP awards to his name, Magic Johnson was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. There’s no better way to commemorate this basketball icon and his career of remarkable achievements than authentic autographed Magic Johnson memorabilia. Ranking among the most premier NBA players in sports history, basketball collectibles with a rare Magic Johnson autographed will star any sports room and bring value to all NBA collections.
- Magic Johnson Autographed Basketballs: With a reputation as possibly the best guard to ever play the game, a Magic Johnson signed basketball is the ultimate dedication to the five-time NBA Champ’s career. His elusive ability to control and pass the ball led to his nickname ‘Magic’, making a basketball signed by Johnson the perfect way for NBA fans to honor his storied career.
- Signed Magic Johnson Jerseys: Immortalize one of the best basketball players in franchise history to wear a Lakers uniform with a Magic Johnson autographed jersey. Featuring official Lakers colors, his famous number 32, and last name, a Magic Johnson signed jersey is an ode to the athlete that brought Los Angeles five rings and reshaped the game forever during his 13 year reign.
- Autographed Magic Johnson Photos: Relive the glory days of the Lakers dynasty with images that capture the glory of championships and the transcending play of Magic Johnson. Signed Magic Johnson photos give basketball fans a way to preserve some of the greatest moments in sports history and take home a piece of his Hall of Fame legacy.