There have been legions of great players to enter the National Basketball Association. But there are only a rare few that you can make the argument as the best ever. Johnson is one of those players. The No. 1 pick in the 1979 draft out of Michigan State, was a transcendent player.
Standing 6-feet-9 inches, Magic was the first player of that size to play the point guard position so effectively. The only other person that comes to mind is the great Oscar Robertson, who checked in a 6-5. Magic had amazing vision, creativity, intelligence, and a skill set that was off the charts.
He was one of the rare players that could see a play develop a step before everyone else. He conducted L.A.’s high octane, ‘Showtime’ offense like a virtuoso maestro, on the way to winning five NBA championships in 13 seasons.
As spectacular as his playmaking skills were, what made Johnson a great champion was his heart. He was a fierce competitor. Below are a compilation of highlights of Magic. Although a bit grainy, the brilliance still shines through.