This Week In Lakers History: Magic Becomes NBA’s All-Time Assist Leader

This Week In Lakers History: Magic Becomes NBA’s All-Time Assist Leader

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Magic Johnson is almost universally considered the greatest point guard in the history of the NBA. He is also one of the greatest Lakers ever.

Magic used his combination of size, court vision, and passing ability to dominate opposing teams and get his teammates the best shots possible.

Magic led the Showtime Lakers to five championships in the 1980s and along the way, piled up a huge number of assists. On April 15, 1991 Magic Johnson stood alone as the lone assist king of the NBA.

Against the Dallas Mavericks, Magic needed nine assists to pass Oscar Robertson for the all-time lead. In true Magic fashion, he would dish out 19 to bring his total up to 9,898 and stand alone as the NBA’s all-time assist leader.

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Magic would up his total to 10,141 before calling an end to his Hall of Fame career. Though he would since be passed by John Stockton, Mark Jackson, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash — who recently moved into third all-time — that moment will still go down as one of the greatest in Johnson’s career.

This week, we remember the day that Magic Johnson passed Oscar Robertson to become the NBA’s all-time leader in assists.
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