Magic Johnson (1979-1980)
Bird won Rookie of the Year, but Magic took the top prize of all in 1980 — the NBA championship. As a rookie, Magic started at center in place of the injured Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and poured in 42 points and 15 rebounds against the Sixers. The Lakers won the title and Magic was named Finals MVP. Prior to that, Magic averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game during the regular season.