— J.A. Adande (@jadande) August 15, 2013
If you have ever wondered why the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson played the point guard position standing at 6’9″ or why they call him “Magic”, the clip above will help answer those questions. The man’s incredible vision allowed him to see plays develop before anyone else and consistently delivered passes that were seemingly impossible – even to this day. His ability to pass on the break also made it quite difficult for defenders to figure out what he was going to do next, aiding him to be a deceptive scorer at his size when necessary. He also faked folks out of their shoes on a regular basis, utilized the hook against smaller defenders, and hit a countless number of buzzer-beaters.
For his career, Johnson averaged 19.5 points on 52 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 1.9 steals. He is a five-time NBA champion, 3-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and a true pioneer in helping revolutionize the game of basketball.
Happy birthday to the great Magic Johnson, who turned 54 on Wednesday.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.