2. Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson is the best point guard to have ever played the game of basketball with his ridiculously accurate and creative passes. He is considered by many as the most beloved Laker of all time with his friendly demeanor and wide smiles.
Magic was a 12-time NBA All-Star and won the MVP award three times during ’87, ’89, & ’90 seasons. Magic led the Lakers to nine Finals appearance in his career and five championship titles in ’80, ’82, ’85, ’87, ’88.
Unfortunately, Magic needed to prematurely end his career as the NBA world discovered that he tested positive for HIV before the 1991-1992 NBA season. Magic showed his strength and commitment to the game as he returned even after such a dramatic health issue.
1. Michael Jordan
6-time NBA Champion
6-time NBA Finals MVP
5-time NBA MVP
10 NBA Scoring Titles
3-time Steals Leader
14 NBA All-Star Selections
3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP
11 All-NBA Selections
2 Olympic Gold Medals – 1984, 1992
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Should I keep going? The list of basketball accolades is endless for Michael Jordan and there is no question that he will remain the top basketball player to have ever played the game.
He was a score-first player, but he knew how to seamlessly integrate each other aspect of the game on the offensive and defensive end. He made the game look so effortless but yet so mesmerizing with his dominant scoring.
Will we ever witness another Michael Jordan? Will anyone ever surpass his greatness? Most likely not.