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Anthony Mark Johnson (born October 2, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who last played with the Orlando Magic of the NBA. At 6'3" (1.91 m), he played the point guard position. He found success in pro basketball, becoming the first NBA D-League player to participate in an NBA Finals. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Johnson played college basketball at the College of Charleston and was drafted in the NBA in 1997.

Anthony Johnson
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Personal information
Born (1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 44)
Charleston, South Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolR. B. Stall
(Charleston, South Carolina)
CollegeCollege of Charleston (1992–1997)
NBA draft1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1997–2010
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number10, 24, 8, 2, 5
Career history
1997–1998Sacramento Kings
19992000Atlanta Hawks
2000Orlando Magic
2000–2001Atlanta Hawks
20012002Cleveland Cavaliers
2001–2002Mobile Revelers
20022003New Jersey Nets
20032006Indiana Pacers
2006–2007Dallas Mavericks
20072008Atlanta Hawks
2008Sacramento Kings
20082010Orlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early lifeEdit

After leading R.B. Stall High School to the South Carolina AAA football championship, Johnson received a basketball scholarship at the College of Charleston, where his older brother Steven was a standout years earlier. By his senior year, he developed into one of the top players in the Trans America Athletic Conference, named conference player of the year in 1997, while leading the College of Charleston to an NCAA basketball tournament first round victory over the University of Maryland at the Memphis regional.

NBA careerEdit

He was the first player in College of Charleston history selected in the NBA Draft, picked by the Sacramento Kings in the late second round. In the 1997-98 season, he started 62 games, averaging 7.5 points per game. Over the next several seasons, he played with the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New Jersey Nets. On December 7, 2001, Johnson signed with the NBDL team Mobile Revelers and played there for 15 games, averaging 11.9 points per game.[1]

In the 2003-2004 season, he was signed by the Indiana Pacers, where he had a career resurgence, averaging nearly 22 minutes per game and scoring 6.5 points per game. Prior to the 2004-2005 season, the longtime NBA journeyman earned his first long term contract, a four-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.

He drew a five-game suspension from the NBA as a result of his actions in the Pacers–Pistons brawl which broke out at The Palace of Auburn Hills near the end of a November 19, 2004 game between the two teams.

During the 2004-2005 season, Pacers' starting point guard, Jamaal Tinsley, missed extended periods of time due to injury, which led to a starting role for Anthony Johnson during much to the latter half of that season.

In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, Johnson scored a career-high 40 points against the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 of the series. Despite his heroics, the Pacers lost 96-90, and the series 4-2 to the Nets.

In the 2006 off-season, Johnson was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard Darrell Armstrong, and forwards Josh Powell and Rawle Marshall.

On February 22, 2007, Johnson was traded back to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a second round draft choice. It was Johnson's third stint with the team.[2]

On February 16, 2008 the Sacramento Kings acquired Johnson along with Shelden Williams, Tyronn Lue, and Lorenzen Wright in exchange for Mike Bibby.

On July 15, 2008, Johnson signed a two-year contract worth $3.8 million with the Orlando Magic. It was his second stint in Orlando. In two seasons with the Magic, he played in 111 games, starting 12, and participated in the 2009 NBA Finals. However, his role is largest replaced by Jameer Nelson thanks to the controversy decision by Stan Van Gundy that ultimately cost the Orlando to lose in five game. His contract expired at the conclusion of the 2009-10 NBA season, making him a free agent.

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997–98 Sacramento 77 62 29.4 .371 .328 .727 2.2 4.3 .8 .1 7.5
1998–99 Atlanta 49 2 18.1 .404 .263 .695 1.5 2.2 .7 .1 5.0
1999–00 Atlanta 38 2 11.1 .350 .167 .792 1.0 1.6 .6 .1 2.4
1999–00 Orlando 18 4 11.9 .426 .200 .600 .7 .7 .6 .1 3.4
2000–01 Atlanta 25 0 11.2 .366 .000 .706 .9 1.4 .7 .2 2.6
2000–01 Cleveland 28 0 8.3 .333 .500 .688 .8 1.6 .2 .0 2.4
2001–02 New Jersey 34 0 10.8 .411 .333 .640 .9 1.4 .9 .0 2.8
2002–03 New Jersey 66 2 12.8 .446 .371 .689 1.2 1.3 .6 .1 4.1
2003–04 Indiana 73 7 21.9 .406 .336 .798 1.8 2.8 .9 .1 6.2
2004–05 Indiana 63 36 27.7 .445 .380 .752 2.8 4.8 .9 .2 8.4
2005–06 Indiana 75 53 26.4 .443 .329 .752 2.2 4.3 .8 .3 9.2
2006–07 Dallas 40 0 14.1 .411 .379 .724 1.2 2.0 .4 .0 3.8
2006–07 Atlanta 27 17 27.4 .416 .318 .781 2.0 4.6 .6 .1 7.5
2007–08 Atlanta 42 41 26.7 .431 .429 .813 2.3 4.8 1.0 .2 6.7
2007–08 Sacramento 27 11 15.2 .455 .500 .818 1.4 2.2 .4 .0 3.9
2008–09 Orlando 80 12 18.5 .404 .391 .753 1.8 2.5 .6 .1 5.3
2009–10 Orlando 31 0 13.1 .441 .333 .950 1.5 2.0 .4 .0 4.2
Career 793 249 19.6 .414 .356 .745 1.7 2.9 .7 .1 5.6

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1999 Atlanta 9 0 12.3 .276 .500 .700 1.0 1.1 .1 .1 2.7
2002 New Jersey 19 0 8.5 .377 .100 .818 .7 1.1 .3 .0 2.6
2003 New Jersey 17 0 7.2 .548 .500 .833 .7 1.1 .1 .0 2.5
2004 Indiana 16 0 20.8 .362 .300 .773 2.1 2.1 .8 .3 4.6
2005 Indiana 13 4 24.3 .351 .348 .806 2.9 5.1 1.0 .4 7.0
2006 Indiana 6 6 40.3 .517 .400 .667 5.0 5.2 1.0 .0 20.0
2009 Orlando 19 1 14.7 .376 .300 .500 1.4 2.1 .6 .0 4.3
2010 Orlando 1 0 5.0 .500 .000 .000 .0 2.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 100 11 15.7 .404 .321 .721 1.6 2.2 .5 .1 4.8

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bogaczyk, Jack (June 7, 2002). "A 'Major' Step Puts Johnson in NBA Finals". NBDL. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Hawks acquire A. Johnson from Mavs". SI.com. 2007-02-22. Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-02-22.

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