The best player born in every year since 1920

The best player born in every year since 1920

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1959: MAGIC JOHNSON


Magic Johnson came to the Lakers as the first overall pick after leading Michigan State to the NCAA crown in 1979. A 12-time All-Star, Johnson won five NBA championships with the Lakers and was three times the Finals MVP and League MVP. His No. 32 was retired by the Lakers and No. 33 by Michigan State. His career was cut short when he announced he was battling HIV in 1991. Johnson has gone on to a long career as an executive in the business world and with the Lakers, a position he recently relinquished.

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