The NBA Finals are upon us and once again fans are being treated to some spectacular performances by legends in the making. While watching Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki in this year’s championship series, it is almost impossible not to think of stars that have dominated past Finals series.
There have been many All-Stars and MVP-caliber players in NBA history, but those that have won multiple championships while posting spectacular numbers are usually considered the greatest.
One such player that everyone should include near the top of the NBA's legends is Magic Johnson. Only 13 players have won more championships than his five and only three players (Bill Russell, Sam Jones and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) have made more Finals appearances than Johnson. In other words, Johnson became a proven winner who was constantly playing on the game’s grandest stage.
This article serves as a tribute to Johnson and lists many of the reasons that most analysts consider him to be the greatest point guard in the league’s history.
For those who were fortunate enough to see Magic play in person, this should bring back some fond memories. For the rest that are too young to have witnessed Magic playing, I hope you enjoy this tribute piece and hopefully learn a few things along the way.