Magic Johnson vs. Michael Jordan Comparison

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

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? These 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 Career Comparison

NBA Timeline:
1946-47
2021-22
Magic Johnson:
1980 to 1996
Michael Jordan:
1985 to 2003

NBA Championships and Seasons

Magic Johnson 5
Michael Jordan 6
Magic Johnson 13
Michael Jordan 15
Magic Johnson 13
Michael Jordan 13
Magic Johnson 12
Michael Jordan 14

Honors and Awards

Magic Johnson 3
Michael Jordan 5
Magic Johnson 3
Michael Jordan 6
Magic Johnson 9
Michael Jordan 10
All-NBA Teams
(Total Selections)
Magic Johnson 10
Michael Jordan 11
Magic Johnson 0
Michael Jordan 9
All-Defensive Teams
(Total Selections)
Magic Johnson 0
Michael Jordan 9
Magic Johnson 0 *
Michael Jordan 1
Magic Johnson 0
Michael Jordan 10
Magic Johnson 4
Michael Jordan 0
Magic Johnson 2
Michael Jordan 3
Magic Johnson 0
Michael Jordan 1
* Notes: Defensive Player of The Year is awarded since 1982-83.

NBA Regular Season Stats

Stats Per Game

Magic Johnson 19.5
Michael Jordan 30.1

Magic Johnson 7.2
Michael Jordan 6.2

Magic Johnson 11.2
Michael Jordan 5.3

Magic Johnson 1.9
Michael Jordan 2.3

Magic Johnson 0.4
Michael Jordan 0.8

Totals Stats

Magic Johnson 17,707
Michael Jordan 32,292

Magic Johnson 6,559
Michael Jordan 6,672

Magic Johnson 10,141
Michael Jordan 5,633

Magic Johnson 1,724
Michael Jordan 2,514

Magic Johnson 374
Michael Jordan 893

Magic Johnson 906
Michael Jordan 1,072

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Magic Johnson .520
Michael Jordan .497

3-Point Percentage
Magic Johnson .303
Michael Jordan .327

Free Throw Percentage
Magic Johnson .848
Michael Jordan .835

Best Season (no game minimum)

Magic Johnson 23.9
(1987)
Michael Jordan 37.1
(1987)

Magic Johnson 9.6
(1982)
Michael Jordan 8.0
(1989)

Magic Johnson 13.1
(1984)
Michael Jordan 8.0
(1989)

Magic Johnson 3.4
(1981)
Michael Jordan 3.2
(1988)

Magic Johnson 0.7
(1984)
Michael Jordan 1.6
(1988)

NBA Playoffs Stats

Stats Per Game

Magic Johnson 19.5
Michael Jordan 33.4

Magic Johnson 7.7
Michael Jordan 6.4

Magic Johnson 12.3
Michael Jordan 5.7

Magic Johnson 1.9
Michael Jordan 2.1

Magic Johnson 0.3
Michael Jordan 0.9

Totals Stats

Magic Johnson 3,701
Michael Jordan 5,987

Magic Johnson 1,465
Michael Jordan 1,152

Magic Johnson 2,346
Michael Jordan 1,022

Magic Johnson 358
Michael Jordan 376

Magic Johnson 64
Michael Jordan 158

Magic Johnson 190
Michael Jordan 179

Percentages

Field Goal Percentage
Magic Johnson .506
Michael Jordan .487

3-Point Percentage
Magic Johnson .241
Michael Jordan .332

Free Throw Percentage
Magic Johnson .838
Michael Jordan .828

Best Playoffs (no game minimum)

Magic Johnson 25.2
(1990)
Michael Jordan 43.7
(1986)

Magic Johnson 13.7
(1981)
Michael Jordan 7.9
(1997)

Magic Johnson 15.2
(1985)
Michael Jordan 8.5
(1985)

Magic Johnson 3.1
(1980)
Michael Jordan 2.8
(1990)

Magic Johnson 1.0
(1981)
Michael Jordan 2.3
(1987)