All-Around Skills: Five Players Once Compared To Magic Johnson (Part Two)
Part One profiled five players—Shaun Livingston, Sun Yue, Billy Owens, Steve Smith, and Chris Paul—who at some point in time, were compared to Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
This slideshow consists of five more guys who once drew comparisons to arguably the greatest point guard in NBA history.
One player who isn't included in the list is a guy by the name of Walt Williams.
Yeah, a lot of newer fans likely haven't heard that name before since he wasn't a superstar.
The former 1992 lottery pick played eleven season in the NBA with six different teams and never quite lived up to being the "Next Magic Johnson."
There will never be another Magic Johnson.
Well, let's get started with the slideshow.
Kukoc drew comparisons to Magic because of his ability to pass, dribble, and shoot despite being 6'11."
The "Croatian Sensation" was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (29th overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft.
He remained in Europe before joining the NBA in 1993 and went on to help the Bulls win three titles from 1996-1998.
Kukoc was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year in 1996.
Besides the Bulls, he spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks.
Odom was compared to Magic early on in his career because of his tremendous abilities to handle and pass the rock.
He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.
After four seasons in L.A., Odom signed with the Miami, where he spent one year playing with rookie Dwyane Wade.
He was then traded to the Lakers in a deal that involved Shaquille O'Neal.
Odom became a valuable reserve for the Lakers and helped the team reach the finals in 2008 and win a title in 2009.
James is undoubtedly the best player to ever be compared to Magic.
His name has also been mentioned in the "Next Michael Jordan" conversation.
After a spectacular high school career in Ohio, he skipped college and was selected by his home state Cleveland Cavaliers with the top pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
LeBron won Rookie of the Year honors and emerged as one of the most exciting players the NBA has ever seen.
He led the Cavs to a finals appearance in 2007 and was named league MVP in 2009.
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway
Hardaway's name was often used in the same sentence as Magic's because he was a 6'7" point guard.
He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the third overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft and was immediately traded to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Chris Webber and future draft picks.
Hardaway spent quite a bit of time at the point during his first few years in the league, but moved to the 2-guard spot later on.
He became a superstar in Orlando teaming up with Shaquille O'Neal.
After being named an All-Star four times, he became hampered with injuries and was the never the same player.
Magic was Rose's favorite player growing up in Detroit. His reason for wearing No. 5 was because the "3" and "2" in Magic's 32 equals 5.
Rose starred at the University of Michigan instead of Magic's Michigan State. He was a member of the "Fab Five" which included future NBA stars Chris Webber and Juwan Howard.
He was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 13th pick in the 1994 NBA Draft.
Rose, who played point guard in college, was used primarily as a small forward and shooting guard in the pros.
He was traded to Indiana in 1996 where he became a 20-point per game scorer and borderline All-Star.