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Arguably the greatest point guard of all time, Magic Johnson was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1979 NBA draft.
While Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and James Worthy may have been better scorers, none of the above made their teammates better the way Magic Johnson did.
While Vern Mikkelsen may have been a tougher interior force than Johnson, he did not have the same versatility and ability to dominate in a variety of ways.
Johnson is the greatest draft pick in the history of the franchise because his acquisition provided not only an additional five championships to an illustrious organization, it also helped revitalize a dwindling league.
His battles with Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics will go down as one of the greatest rivalries in the history of sports.
Magic was the ultimate point guard. Using his height, strength and length to accentuate his court vision, Johnson racked up career averages of 19.5 points and 11.2 assists.
His size and strength also allowed him to average seven rebounds per game while being able to score and create in the post as well as in the open court.
Like Baylor and other Laker greats, Johnson was known for his versatility.
Although he isn't the defender that a lot of his superstar cohorts were, Johnson had a killer will to match Michael Jordan's will and was a stellar defender and cold-blooded scorer when it counted the most: in the clutch.