MAGIC JOHSON AND MICHAEL JORDAN
Today I want to focus on two great players who had very similar team outcomes; Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Magic and the Lakers went to the finals nine times, winning five titles. And as noted previously, Magic was the best player of those teams. MJ took the Bulls to the Finals only six times, but his team won all six times. His Airiness was the best player on those teams.
Magic played thirteen seasons and averaged 316.5 wins, for an average of 24.3 wins per season. His career winning percentage 48 stood at 0.457. Jordan played 15 seasons before retiring at the age of 39 in 2003. All these years Jordan produced 289.6 wins and posted a 0.339 winning percentage of 48. These numbers were brought down somewhat by what he did after his first and second retirement.
If I consider MJ first nine seasons, before he went to baseball in 1993, I can see a much higher level of production. At the end of the 1992-93 seasons Jordan had produced 213.1 wins, for an average of 23.7 per season. If I ignore the 1985-86 season where he only played 18 games, his pre season average rises to 26.4 wins. His winning percentage 48 before the first retirement was 0.396.
When i consider both players in their prime I see that both were very productive. It appears, though, that magic was just a bit more productive. Magic average winning percentage 48 was around 0.450 while MJ is closer to 0.400. Both are amazing numbers. But magic is a bit higher.
Whether i like Magic or Michael, I did see the data that each player, in their primes, is better than any player playing today. One of the most interesting things about magic is...