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Next to watching Michael Jordan just showcase his brilliance and mastery over the game of basketball, there is nothing more beautiful to watch in sports than observing Magic Johnson running an offense. Whether it was in the fast break or in a set offense, Johnson could find whatever teammate he wanted to for an easy score, could create a play that would have been believed to be impossible by the average floor general, and was unmatched overall when it came to getting each and every one of his teammates involved as long as they found somewhere that they could score.
Johnson was able to see plays the moment he got the ball in his hands and his eyes focused down court. He was always looking to score as quick as possible as to not allow defenses to get an idea of what he was going to as well as to keep his team in a specific rhythm that allowed his offense to thrive and the defense to have no clue as to what he was going to do with the ball. With Johnson on your team, your head always had to be on swivel since you always had to be prepared to get the ball when Magic saw the opportunity arise.
One of the keys to Johnson's success when facilitating the offense was his size. At 6'8", Johnson was the tallest pure point guard that the league had ever seen since the majority of effective point guards at the time ranged in the 6' to 6'3" area. Most point guards are that size because they're usually the fastest, the most agile, and have the best ball handling. Johnson was tall enough to be a small forward, or even an undersized power forward, and yet he played like a point guard with an even greater intelligence and understanding of his teammates and the game itself.
What many envisioned when LeBron James came to Miami was that he was going to be this Magic Johnson-type of point guard. While it is a good idea considering that he was the floor general for the Cleveland Cavaliers for seven years, has terrific court awareness and vision, and is the same height as Magic, James still doesn't look at the court like Magic did when he was dictating the flow of the offense.
Unlike LeBron, Magic was always looking to pass the ball, create movement in the offense, and find the easiest possible way to score each and every offensive possession. LeBron, on the other hand, is a shoot-first player (there's nothing wrong with that) that sometimes tends to dominate the ball and looks for ways to score for himself rather than looking out for a teammate that could possibly get the better shot.
James will also pound the ball at the top of the perimeter and it causes the offense to go stagnant as opposed to keeping it in a rhythm and a flow with the four players on your team always moving and looking to score near the rim. As athletic a player as he is, James should always be moving and keeping the defense on their toes as to now allow him to score. James has the benefit of being an excellent scorer that could hit from anywhere on the court and that should assist him as a point guard since he'll attract more attention because of his scoring rather than his passing.
What James can take away from Magic's game is just the overall confidence that he emits each and every time the ball is in his hands. When Magic gets the ball, the only thought in his head is how is his team going to score on this possession and how am I going to make this happen as easy as possible. Johnson never once doubts or second guesses himself and James needs to take that mentality into each and every time that the ball is in his hands and he's dictating the flow of the offense.