35 years ago, the Lakers selected Magic Johnson with the 1st pick of the 79 draft
Despite playing only two 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 starter 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 four more NBA championships during his journey on becoming the most liked and successful Laker of all-time.