Earvin Effay "Magic" Johnson, Jr. (born August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan), is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Before joining the NBA, the 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) point guard enjoyed success in NCAA college basketball, winning the title in 1979 with Michigan State University. With the Lakers, Johnson established a successful career as he won five NBA championships, played in nine NBA Finals series, and was elected three times for both NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and NBA Most Valuable Player. Johnson also played in 12 All-Star games and was voted into 10 All-NBA First and Second Teams, and led the league in regular season assists four times.
Johnson is acknowledged as one of the most popular NBA basketball players of all time, being well-known for his uncanny passing and dribbling skills, and for his cheerful nature on and off the court. His fierce, but friendly rivalry with Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird rejuvenated the NBA and ushered in the era of million-dollar salaries. He was also a member of the Dream Team U.S. basketball team which won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. For his feats, Johnson was honored as one of the NBA 50 Greatest Players in 1996 and enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.¹
Below are Magic's stats for his three NBA MVP seasons.
Magic Johnson's MVP Year Averages Year G MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG 1986-87 80 36.3 52.2 20.5 84.8 1.5 4.8 6.3 12.2 1.7 0.5 3.8 2.1 23.9 1988-89 77 37.5 50.9 31.4 91.1 1.4 6.4 7.9 12.8 1.8 0.3 4.1 2.2 22.5 1989-90 79 37.2 48.0 38.4 89.0 1.6 5.0 6.6 11.5 1.7 0.4 3.7 2.1 22.3
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