Earvin "Magic" Johnson
5× NBA champion (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–1988)
3× NBA Finals MVP (1980, 1982, 1987)
3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1987, 1989–1990)
12× NBA All-Star (1980, 1982–1992)
It probably wouldn't surprise me to think that most people probably think “Magic” is on Earvin Johnson’s birth certificate.
Johnson was first called "Magic" when he was a star at Everett High School. He was given the nickname by a sports writer who had just seen the 15-year-old prepster notch 36 points, 16 rebounds and 16 assists.
Everyone calls him Magic. It’s just who he is. And it couldn’t be a more apt nickname.
Magic was a wizard with the basketball, making some of the most amazing passes the league has ever seen. He was one of the tallest point guards in league history and had the best court vision of all time.
Magic led the Showtime Lakers with his big smile, and was just perfect for L.A.
His all-around play inspired the addition of the term "triple-double" to basketball's lexicon.
In 2006, ESPN.com rated Johnson the greatest point guard of all time, stating, "It could be argued that he's the one player in NBA history who was better than Michael Jordan.
For all those reasons, “Magic” Johnson is the best nickname in NBA history.