Magic is my favorite player and athlete. Most people will say Michael Jordan is the best player ever. But, to me, it's Magic. Here, I'm going to write up why I say Magic was the best player in the NBA:
He was the most athletic basketball player to me. Jordan was quicker and could jump higher. Magic was faster, taller, stronger, more coordinated and could do more from all over the court. Magic played in a more athletic era. The NBA was more of a running game in the 80s. Since the 90s it's more of a chess match with offense schemes used to free up elite players. Back then you had to outrun or out-muscle the other team. And Magic dominated that era.The only other big man that I've seen that was fast and could change directions like Magic was Hakeem Olajuwan. Enforcers like Kevin McHale and Buck Williams, if they played him the whole game was too tired to keep up at the end of games. Quick players like Kevin Johnson and Tim Hardaway even though they were a lot younger had a tough time staying in front of Magic in both the fast break and the half court game. Jordan was pound for pound stronger, could jump higher and was more agile. But Magic had better vision, was faster, more stamina, could play with either hand, and had more moves from all different places on the court. At 6'9" Magic was a freak of nature.
Jordan was a much better one on one defender. Magic was pretty good as a help defender and he was used to cover the court. He set the steals record one season and was always one of the best rebounders on the court.
He had a great low post game, better than Jordan's (Jordan had 2 moves---the face up leg crossover and the fade away... Magic incorporated a baby hook,, and he could shoot with both hands). Both players incorporated James Worthy's style spin game. But Magic was more unpredictable.
Magic definitly had a better dribble. And could pass better. He had better floor leadership and could control the tempo of the game better than anyone. No argument there, right?
Jordan has more championships. But Magic beat some of the greats: Larry Bird's Celtics, Dr J's Sixers, Drexler's TrailBlazers, youg teams led by Hakeem and Stockton/Malone...
Jordan had better stats. But he never shared the ball until Pippen and Phil Jackson came into his life.
Magic defined the sport. He was as crafty as he was atheltic. Jordan embarrassed players by dunking on them. Magic embarrassed players by confusing them. He saw the whole court and he also knew all the things that a defense might do against him and he was always quicker to the punch to attack.
If people ran the world like Magic ran the court... imagine...
He had the most fun of any athelete ever. He knew he was the best out there and he loved throwing the ball around. Magic was a better showman and entertainer. I liked rooting for Magic than I liked rooting against Jordan. I felt more inspired to play basketball after watching Magic have fun.
Earvin ‘Magic' Johnson was born into a middle-class family in Lansing, Michigan, on the 14th day of August 1959. His father was an employee of General Motors, whereas his mother was a school teacher. The young Earvin attended the (local) Everett High School, Lansing, where he was first called Magic by a mesmerized sports-journalist. The reporter had just watched the then 15 year-old prepster nail 36 Points, grab 16 Rebounds, and mail 16 Assists. That name stuck; and almost replaced his given … more
Earvin "Magic" Johnson was the complete basketball player. A point guard in a power forward's body (6' 9"), Johnson could due things with a basketball that blew the minds of fans and fellow players alike. He not only played the game with exceptional skill, but also with a passion that few in any sport can match.
Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan. From almost the beginning he showed talent and a great love for basketball. He rarely went anywhere without his basketball, even to bed. He played high school basketball at Everett High School, and at the age of only fifteen posted his first triple-double: 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 16 assists. It was after this performance that a sports writer first dubbed Johnson "Magic." The appropriate nickname stuck with him for the rest of his career. He finished his high school career strongly, averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds per game as a senior.
Desiring to stay close to home, Johnson decided to attend and play basketball at Michigan State University. At the start, Johnson's focus was not on basketball; he wanted to graduate and become a television commentator. However, Johnson turned out to be "Magic" once again, this time at the college level. As a freshman in 1977-78, he helped lead the Spartans to the Big Ten Conference title by averaging 17 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per ...