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Years as a Laker: 1979-1991, 1996
Key Achievements: Five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, 12-time All-Star, three-time NBA Finals MVP, 9/1/0-time All-NBA, No. 32 jersey retired
Earvin Johnson, simply put, is the greatest point guard to ever play the game of basketball, even after his career was ultimately cut short by HIV.
In 12 full seasons, "Magic," which doesn't even really require asterisks, accomplished practically everything necessary to attain legendary status. He won multiple NBA titles (five), snagged multiple MVPs (three), was a frequent visitor to the All-Star Game (12 appearances) and had his jersey sailed into the rafters at the living legend that is the Staples Center. Last but not least, he was apart of the first-team All-NBA nine times.
All in all, Magic had great career numbers. He averaged 19.5 points, an unmatched 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. Just as Fat Lever and Oscar Robertson had been previously, Magic Johnson was a legitimate triple-double threat as soon as he stepped on the floor.
Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention that his career field-goal percentage is 52 percent, completely atypical of someone who plays the point guard position.
Some consider the 6'9" Michigan State product, the tallest in NBA history at his respective position, to be the greatest Los Angeles Laker ever. To them I say: you may be right!