Magic Johnson, the former Spartan and former Laker comes in at number three on the list. Magic was a mismatch, a unique combination of size and speed. His ability to match up with virtually anyone on the floor gave the Lakers an ace each and every night.

Although Magic was far from an elite scorer, he did play on a team that featured one of the two individuals still not listed thus far. Aside from the three MVP awards Magic owns, he finished in the top five of the voting on six other occasions. Magic was a primo player from the moment he stepped on the court, until the moment he stepped off it in 1991.

Despite a shortened career Magic sits 5th all time in assists, 20th all time in steals, and 1st all time in assists per game.

The Resume:

First Overall Pick 1979 – Los Angeles Lakers

12x All-Star

10x All-NBA

2x All-Star MVP


3x Finals MVP

5x Champion

Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Shane Young and Justin Salkin (2).

The Barn Burner: James Holas (6) and Justin Termine (6).

How did the other guys rank Johnson: Adi Joseph (3), Robert Littal (3), Marc Griffin (3), Jacob Noble (3), Brian Geltzeiler (3), Will Reeve (4), Josh Eberley (5), Matt Drappel (5), Justin Rowan (5), and Lang Greene (5).

Average vote: 4.1


Magic Champ


#2 Tuesday, October 6th.


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Josh Eberley – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph –, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel –, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – /, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal –, @BSO

Shane Young –, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – /, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene –, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – /, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – / Sirius XM NBA / /, @hoopscritic


Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens
#48 Wes Unseld
#47 Dolph Schayes
#46 Paul Pierce
#45 Kevin Durant
#44 Dominique Wilkins
#43 Chris Paul
#42 Bill Walton
#41 Gary Payton
#40 Elvin Hayes
#39 Clyde Drexler
#38 Allen Iverson
#37 Steve Nash
#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki
#22 John Havlicek
#21 Isiah Thomas
#20 Bob Pettit
#19 Kevin Garnett
#18 Charles Barkley
#17 Karl Malone
#16 Moses Malone
#15 Elgin Baylor
#14 Julius Erving
#13 Jerry West
#12 Hakeem Olajuwon
#11 Oscar Robertson
#10 Shaquille O’Neal
#9 Kobe Bryant
#8 Tim Duncan
#7 LeBron James
#6 Larry Bird
#5 Wilt Chamberlain
#4 Bill Russell

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