35 years ago, the Lakers selected Magic Johnson with the 1st pick of the 79 draft

Published on June 25th, 2014 by Astramskas, David | 699 views

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Despite only playing 2 years of college ball (that doesn’t sound like a big deal now) at Michigan State, the LA Lakers made one of the easiest and best decisions in NBA history when they used their #1 pick in the 1979 draft to select Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

The Lakers didn’t have to wait very long for the rookie to pay off.  Magic was an All-Star starer and averaged an impressive 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during his rookie campaign that ended with a championship and Johnson becoming the only rookie in NBA history to ever win the NBA Finals MVP award.

Johnson would also bring LA 4 more NBA championships during his journey on becoming the most liked and successful Laker of all-time.



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