Magic Johnson averaged 19.5 points on 52 percent shooting, 11.2 assists, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 0.4 blocks and 3.9 turnovers per game during his career.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.6 points on 55.9 percent shooting, 11.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.6 blocks and 2.7 turnovers per game during his career.
While Abdul-Jabbar is perhaps the most lethal scorer in the history of the league this side of Michael Jordan, Johnson was no slouch on offense either while creating for his teammates in a way few players have been able to imitate.
Johnson's versatility in every aspect of the game goes up against Abdul-Jabbar's offensive dominance and defensive proficiency.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a two-time NBA Finals MVP, six-time NBA MVP, 19-time NBA All-Star, 10-time member of the All-NBA First Team, five-time member of the All-NBA Second Team, five-time member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team, six-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team, two-time NBA scoring champion, four-time NBA rebound leader, and the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
Magic Johnson is a three-time NBA Finals MVP, three-time NBA MVP, 12-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, nine-time member of the All-NBA First Team, one-time member of the All-NBA Second Team, member of the NBA All-Rookie First Team, four-time leader in assists in the NBA and two-time leader in steals in the NBA.
While both have lists of individual accolades befitting of their legendary statuses, what separates Abdul-Jabbar from Johnson is that he has double the amount of NBA MVP awards.
Furthermore, while both players were recognized on the All-NBA First Team, Abdul-Jabbar was also recognized as one of the best defensive players in the league with his selections onto the All-Defensive First Team as well.
Winner: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Even though Abdul-Jabbar won six titles, one more than Johnson, it is apparent that Magic's three NBA Finals MVP awards with the Lakers as opposed to Abdul-Jabbar's one NBA Finals MVP with the Lakers (his first came with the Milwaukee Bucks) meant Magic was the driving force for those titles.
Furthermore, during those championship runs, it was clear Abdul-Jabbar had firmly passed the torch to Johnson and played more of a supplementary role with the Lakers at that point.
The biggest consideration here is that Abdul-Jabbar had an arguably Hall-of-Fame career with the Bucks prior to his days with the Lakers.
As he joined the Lakers, it could be argued that the titles he won with them could be attributed more to Johnson's role as the franchise player rather than Abdul-Jabbar's contributions.
Winner: Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson defeats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar