Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson Comparison

Head-to-head comparison between the NBA stars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird that includes championships won, honors and awards obtained, regular season and playoffs stats and other data put side by side.

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Who scored more points in his career? Who averaged more points in playoffs? Who won more championships? Who led the season more times? Who won more MVP awards? Those questions and many more, are answered here. It includes NBA Championships, seasons, playoffs, awards, statistical data for points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and percentages.

Head To Head Comparison

1946-47 NBA Timeline 2016-17
Larry Bird:
1980 to 1992
Magic Johnson:
1980 to 1996

NBA Championships and Seasons

Larry Bird 3
Magic Johnson 5
Larry Bird 13
Magic Johnson 13
Larry Bird 12
Magic Johnson 13
Larry Bird 12
Magic Johnson 12

Honors and Awards

Larry Bird 3
Magic Johnson 3
Larry Bird 2
Magic Johnson 3
Larry Bird 9
Magic Johnson 9
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
Larry Bird 10
Magic Johnson 10
All-Defensive Teams
(Total Selections)
Larry Bird 3
Magic Johnson 0
Larry Bird 0
Magic Johnson 4
Larry Bird 0
Magic Johnson 2
Larry Bird 1
Magic Johnson 0

NBA Regular Season Stats

Stats Per Game

Larry Bird 24.3
Magic Johnson 19.5

Larry Bird 10.0
Magic Johnson 7.2

Larry Bird 6.3
Magic Johnson 11.2

Larry Bird 1.7
Magic Johnson 1.9

Larry Bird 0.8
Magic Johnson 0.4

Totals Stats

Larry Bird 21,791
Magic Johnson 17,707

Larry Bird 8,974
Magic Johnson 6,559

Larry Bird 5,695
Magic Johnson 10,141

Larry Bird 1,556
Magic Johnson 1,724

Larry Bird 755
Magic Johnson 374

Larry Bird 897
Magic Johnson 906

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Larry Bird .496
Magic Johnson .520

3-Point Percentage
Larry Bird .376
Magic Johnson .303

Free Throw Percentage
Larry Bird .886
Magic Johnson .848

Best Season (no game minimum)

Larry Bird 29.9
(1988)
Magic Johnson 23.9
(1987)

Larry Bird 11.0
(1983)
Magic Johnson 9.6
(1982)

Larry Bird 7.6
(1987)
Magic Johnson 13.1
(1984)

Larry Bird 2.0
(1986)
Magic Johnson 3.4
(1981)

Larry Bird 1.2
(1985)
Magic Johnson 0.7
(1984)

NBA Playoffs Stats

Stats Per Game

Larry Bird 23.8
Magic Johnson 19.5

Larry Bird 10.3
Magic Johnson 7.7

Larry Bird 6.5
Magic Johnson 12.3

Larry Bird 1.8
Magic Johnson 1.9

Larry Bird 0.9
Magic Johnson 0.3

Totals Stats

Larry Bird 3,897
Magic Johnson 3,701

Larry Bird 1,683
Magic Johnson 1,465

Larry Bird 1,062
Magic Johnson 2,346

Larry Bird 296
Magic Johnson 358

Larry Bird 145
Magic Johnson 64

Larry Bird 164
Magic Johnson 190

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Larry Bird .472
Magic Johnson .506

3-Point Percentage
Larry Bird .321
Magic Johnson .241

Free Throw Percentage
Larry Bird .890
Magic Johnson .838

Best Playoffs (no game minimum)

Larry Bird 27.5
(1984)
Magic Johnson 25.2
(1990)

Larry Bird 14.0
(1981)
Magic Johnson 13.7
(1981)

Larry Bird 8.8
(1990)
Magic Johnson 15.2
(1985)

Larry Bird 2.3
(1984)
Magic Johnson 3.1
(1980)

Larry Bird 1.4
(1982)
Magic Johnson 1.0
(1981)