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Lakers Season Countdown: 32 days, Earvin Johnson

In this series, we will count down the days until the Lakers first regular season game on October 28th. Each day we will discuss who wore that number best, and who wears it now or who wore it last.

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We're getting ready for a brand new season of Los Angeles Lakers basketball, so to count down the days we'll be looking at the best Lakers to wear the number. We'll continue at 32 days until the regular season begins, with the man simply known as "Magic".

Who wore it the best: Earvin Johnson

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Earvin "Magic" Johnson played in the NBA for 13 years, all with the LA Lakers, after the Lakers selected him with the #1 overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft. The Lakers were very lucky to have been able to draft Magic. IN 1976, Lakers veteran Gail Goodrich signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz. Per league rules at the time, the Lakers were entitled to compensation for losing a veteran player in free agency. The Jazz sent the Lakers their 1979 first round draft pick, which eventually ended up being the #1 overall pick.

Magic's 11.2 career assist average is the highest in NBA history. Magic's career includes 3 NBA MVP's, 9 appearances to the Finals while winning 5 of them, 3 NBA Finals MVP awards, 12 All-Star games & 10 1st or 2nd All-NBA Team selections. He was a member of the "Dream Team" and was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

Seasons w/ Lakers








Magic Johnson


1980-91 &1996







Who wore it last: Earvin Johnson

Nobody will ever wear this number again, as the Lakers have retired it. It will forever sit in the rafters at Staples Center.

#32 - Who has worn it:

Jim Krebs (1958-1964)

Jerry Grote (1965)

Bill Bridges (1973-1975)

Cazzie Russell (1976-1977)

Magic Johnson (1980-1996)

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