List of achievements by Magic Johnson

Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson . He is a member of NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and is widely considered to be the greatest point guard of all-time

Career Highlights

  • One of several players in NBA history to average 22.5 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds for a season
    • He accomplished the feat twice, in 1987 and 1989
  • One of four players in NBA history to win NCAA and NBA championships in consecutive years.
    • Includes Bill Russell , Henry Bibby , and Billy Thompson
  • One of six players in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game: (1982 and 1985).
    • Includes Larry Bird (1986), James Worthy (1988), Tim Duncan (2003), LeBron James (2012 and 2016), and Draymond Green (2015)
  • One of three players in NBA history to record a triple-double in their playoff debut.
    • Includes Johnny McCarthy and LeBron James
  • One of two players in NBA history to set 20+ assists in at least 30 games: achieved it 32 times
    • Includes John Stockton , Who Achieved it 38 times
  • Only player in NBA history to win the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award In His rookie season

Regular season

  • 3 × NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989, 1990)
  • 4 × NBA assists leader (1983, 1984, 1986, 1987)
  • 2 × NBA steals leader (1981, 1982)
  • 1 × NBA free-throw percentage leader (1989)
  • 9 × All-NBA First Team (1983 to 91)
  • 1 × All-NBA Second Team (1982)
  • All-rookie first team (1980)

NBA All-Star Game

  • 2 × NBA All-Star Game MVP (1990, 1992)
  • 12 × NBA All-Star (1980, 1982-1993)

NBA Playoffs

  • 5x NBA Playoffs assists leader (1980, 1984-87)
  • 9x NBA Playoffs total assists leader (1980, 1983-89, 1991)
  • 2x NBA Playoffs steals leader (1980, 1982)
  • 2x NBA Playoffs total steals leader (1980, 1983)
  • 1x NBA Playoffs minutes played leader (1983)
  • 3x NBA Playoffs total minutes played leader (1983, 1988, 1991)
  • Led the 1991 NBA Playoffs in total minutes played, three points made, free throws made, defensive rebounds and assists

NBA Finals

  • 3x NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
  • 5x NBA Champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88)
  • 4x NBA runner-up (1983, 1984, 1989, 1991)
  • 8x NBA Finals assists leader (1980, 1983-85, 1987-89, 1991)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Los Angeles Lakers # 32 retired
  • Selected as the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft

NBA Records

Career

  • Holds the all-time record for top career assists-per-game average-11.2
  • 2nd career triple-double all-time-138 (only below Oscar Robertson)
  • Hold’em all-time record for most assists in Playoffs-2,346
    • Johnson is also the only player in NBA history to have at least 2000 assist in a playoff career [1]
  • Holds the all-time record for highest assists-per-game average in Playoffs-12.3
  • 2nd most double-doubles in Playoffs-157 (only below Tim Duncan)
  • Holds the all-time record for most triple-doubles in Playoffs-30

Regular Season

  • 2nd most consecutive double-double from the start of the season-11 (1991)
  • 2nd most assists made in a half-18 (Feb 21, 1984, vs. Seattle SuperSonics)
  • 3rd most assists made in a quarter-12 (same above, 1st qtr)
  • 3rd most consecutive seasons leading league in steals-2 (1981 & 1982)
  • 3rd all-time highest single season steals-per-game average-3.43 (1980-81)

All-Star Game

  • Holds the all-time record for most career assists-127
  • 2nd highest assists per game average-11.5
  • Holds the all-time record for most assists in a game-22 (1984, OT)
  • Holds the all-time record for most assists in a game w / o OT-19 (1988)
  • Holds the all-time record for most assists in a half-13 (1984)
  • All-Star Game: 20 years, 2 months old in 1980

Playoffs

  • Holds single-series playoff record for highest assists-per-game average-15.2 (1985)
  • Shares single-game playoff record for most assists made in a game-24 (May 15, 1984, vs. Phoenix Suns)
  • Shares single-game playoff record for most assists made in a half-15 (May 3, 1985, vs. Portland)
  • Shares single-game playoff record for most free throws made in one half-19 (May 8, 1991, vs. Golden State)

Finals

  • Holds the single-series record for highest assists-per-game average-14.0 (1985)
  • Shares the single-series record for most triple-double-2 (1985)
  • Holds the record for most points by a rookie, game-42 (May 16, 1980, vs. Philadelphia)
  • Holds the record for most assists by a rookie, game-11 (May 7, 1980, vs. Philadelphia)
  • Holds the record for most assists made in a game-21 (June 3, 1984, vs. Boston Celtics)
  • Holds the record for most assists in one half-14 (June 19, 1988, vs. Detroit)
  • Holds the record for most assists in one quarter-8 (four times)

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Most assists, total: 10,141
  • Highest assists-per-game average, career: 11.2
  • Highest assists-per-game average in a season: 13.1
  • Most assists in a season: 989
  • Most assists in a game: 24
  • Most steals in a season: 208
  • Highest steals-per-game average in a season: 3.43
  • Most triple-double: 138
  • Highest free-throw percentage in a season: .911
  • 3rd most playoff games played: 190
  • 2nd most playoff minutes played: 7,538
  • 4th most playoff scored points: 3,701
  • 3rd most playoff free throws made: 1,068
  • 5th most playoff field goals attempted: 2,522
  • 5th most playoff rebounds grabbed: 1,465
  • 3rd most playoff offensive rebounds: 349
  • Most playoff defensive rebounds: 1,116
  • Most playoff assists: 2,346
  • Most playoff steals: 359

Others

Game-winning shots

Time (sec) left Score opponent Dated
6.0 112-110 Phoenix Suns November 2, 1979
1.0 120-118 Golden State Warriors March 22, 1981
1:05 99-97 Phoenix Suns May 25, 1984
3.0 112-111 Golden State Warriors March 6, 1986
1.0 113-111 Sacramento Kings November 16, 1986
2.0 107-106 Boston Celtics June 9, 1987
0.0 115-114 Boston Celtics December 11, 1987
0.0 148-146 2OT Denver Nuggets November 15, 1988
0.0 118-116 Phoenix Suns March 26, 1989
19.0 104-102 Sacramento Kings December 26, 1989
0.8 102-101 Seattle SuperSonics April 17, 1990

40-point games

Points made Score opponent Dated
42 123-107 Philadelphia 76ers May 16, 1980
41 110-112 OT Utah Jazz March 28, 1981
40 130-127 Detroit Pistons January 9, 1982
46 127-117 OT Sacramento Kings December 23, 1986
42 126-115 New Jersey Nets January 19, 1987
40 113-108 Indiana Pacers February 13, 1987
40 110-106 Seattle SuperSonics November 30, 1988
43 101-114 Phoenix Suns May 13, 1990
43 103-106 Phoenix Suns May 15, 1990
44 124-125 Golden State Warriors May 8, 1991

USA Basketball

  • A member of The Dream Team , which is considered to be the best Basketball team ever assembled
  • 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist

College basketball achievements

  • Member of NCAA championship team (1979)
  • NCAA Division I Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1979)
  • The Sporting News All-America first team (1979)

Other achievements

  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992)

References

  • “Magic Johnson” . NBA Encyclopedia . Retrieved 2013-05-24 .
  • “Magic Johnson stats” . Basketball Reference . Retrieved 2013-10-09 .
  1. Jump up^ “NBA & ABA Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Assists.” NBA & ABA Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Assists | Basketball-Reference. Np. Web. 10 Mar 2014. <http://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/ast_career_p.htmlBasketball-Reference.com enumeration of NBA career playoff leaders in assists>.

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