There's only one Magic Johnson. It's simple as that. End of conversation.
But a funny moment in the Warriors' 118-91 blowout win over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night made Klay Thompson bring up the similarities between Magic and Draymond Green. Steph Curry was hit in the head by a pass from Green in the first quarter, which reminded Thompson of his father, Mychal's, old Los Angeles Lakers teammates.
"Magic Johnson used to do that actually," Thompson said while serving as a broadcaster for NBC Sports Bay Area in the second half. "He'd throw it right in your face if you weren't looking. Not saying Dray's Magic, but hey, both Michigan guys, both got great vision -- Michigan State, too.
Klay quickly changed his tune, making more of a comparison between the two.
"They're actually a lot alike, man," he continued. "Both of those guys talk all day, they can play any position."
Green is listed as a 6-foot-6 power forward but serves as the Warriors' primary facilitator. He's averaging 6.6 assists per game this season, which leads Golden State. He even plays center in the Warriors' small-ball lineups.
Johnson was even bigger than Green at 6-foot-9. However, he was more of a natural point guard, well ahead of his time at that size. Magic averaged 11.2 assists per game for his career, and led the league in the category four times. But he also famously stepped in for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at center as a rookie in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals and dropped 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists against the Philadelphia 76ers to clinch the Lakers' first title since 1972.
Both players are former Michigan State stars who became NBA champions, but Magic has five rings to Draymond's three.
It's hard to ever compare a player to a legend like Magic Johnson. But Reporter Klay found a way with his teammate.