List of career achievements by Magic Johnson

This page details the career achievements of 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.[citation needed]

Career highlightsEdit

  • One of several players in NBA history to average at least 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.
  • One of six players in NBA history to record a triple-double in an NBA Finals clinching game (1982 and 1985).
  • One of four players in NBA history to record a triple-double in their playoff debut.
  • One of two players in NBA history to set 20+ assists in at least 30 games: achieved it 32 times
  • Only player in NBA history to win the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season

Regular seasonEdit

  • 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 GameEdit

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

NBA PlayoffsEdit

  • 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 FinalsEdit

  • 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 LakersEdit

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

NBA recordsEdit

CareerEdit

  • Holds the all-time record for highest career assists-per-game average—11.2
  • Holds the 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—12.4
  • Holds the all-time record for most triple-doubles in Playoffs—30

All-Star GameEdit

  • Holds the all-time record for most career assists
  • 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)

PlayoffsEdit

  • 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)

FinalsEdit

  • Holds the single-series record for highest assists-per-game average—14.0 (1985)
  • Shares the single-series record for most triple-doubles—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 LakersEdit

  • 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-doubles: 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 points scored: 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

OthersEdit

Game-winning shotsEdit

Time (sec) left Score Opponent Date
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 gamesEdit

Points made Score Opponent Date
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 BasketballEdit

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

College basketball achievementsEdit

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

Other achievementsEdit

  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1992)
  • Grammy Award for Best Spoken Album (What You Can Do to Avoid AIDS) (1993)

ReferencesEdit

  • "Magic Johnson". NBA Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  • "Magic Johnson stats". Basketball Reference. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  1. ^ "NBA & ABA Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Assists." NBA & ABA Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Assists|Basketball-Reference. N.p.. Web. 10 Mar 2014. <https://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/ast_career_p.html Basketball-Reference.com enumeration of NBA career playoff leaders in assists>.