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B. J. Johnson (basketball)

Robert "B. J." Johnson Jr. (born December 21, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for La Salle and Syracuse.

B. J. Johnson
No. 2 – Lakeland Magic
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA G League
Personal information
Born (1995-12-21) December 21, 1995 (age 23)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolLower Merion
(Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
College
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Lakeland Magic
2019Atlanta Hawks
2019Sacramento Kings
2019–presentOrlando Magic
2019–present→Lakeland Magic
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Johnson is the son of Robert Johnson, who played basketball at La Salle University from 1986 to 1990. B.J. grew up outside Philadelphia and attended Lower Merion High School, Kobe Bryant's alma mater.[1] He had 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Chester High School in the 2013 state championship. Johnson was a top 100 high school prospect.[2]

College careerEdit

Johnson originally committed to Syracuse out of high school. He averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. After the season, he decided to transfer to La Salle. He explained that coach John Giannini told him he would be an impact player after sitting out the requisite year.[1] Johnson scored 35 points in a December 2016 win over Florida Gulf Coast.[2] As a junior at La Salle, Johnson led the team in points (17.6 per game) and rebounds (6.3) per game. He was named to the First team All-Big 5. After the season he declared for the 2017 NBA draft, but ultimately withdrew his name.[3] As a senior, Johnson was named to the Second Team All-Atlantic 10.[4] He was also named to the First Team All-Big 5 after a season in which he averaged 20.8 points per game, the most for an Explorer since Rasual Butler in 2002, as well as leading the team with 8.3 rebounds per game.[5] He graduated from La Salle with a degree in finance.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Lakeland Magic (2018–2019)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Johnson signed with the Charlotte Hornets for NBA Summer League competition.[6] On September 5, 2018, Johnson signed with the Orlando Magic.[7] He was waived by the Magic on October 10 but would play for their G League affiliate the Lakeland Magic.[8] On October 23, 2018, Johnson was included in the training camp roster of the Lakeland Magic.[9]

Atlanta Hawks (2019)Edit

On March 1, 2019, Johnson signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks.[10][11] Johnson made his NBA debut two days later, putting up 11 points on perfect 4/4 shooting (3/3 three-point shooting), 2 rebounds, and a steal during 19 minutes of action in a 123–118 win over the Chicago Bulls.[12] On March 12, Johnson signed a second 10-day contract.[13] After the expiration of his second 10-day contract, Johnson returned to the Lakeland Magic.

Sacramento Kings (2019)Edit

On April 2, 2019, Johnson signed a rest-of-season contract with the Sacramento Kings.[14] On July 19, 2019, Johnson was waived by the Kings.[15]

Orlando Magic (2019)Edit

On September 27, 2019, Johnson re-signed with the Orlando Magic for training camp.[16]

On October 19, 2019, the Magic released Johnson.[17]

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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Atlanta 6 0 7.2 .500 .500 1.000 1.3 0.0 .3 .0 3.5
2018–19 Sacramento 1 0 6.0 .500 .000 - .0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 7 0 7.0 .500 .429 1.000 1.1 .0 .3 .0 3.3

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Syracuse 10 0 5.5 .250 .125 - .9 .2 .1 .3 1.4
2014–15 Syracuse 25 4 14.6 .307 .262 .720 3.2 .5 .6 .2 4.2
2016–17 La Salle 29 28 32.6 .449 .362 .838 6.3 1.0 1.1 .5 17.6
2017–18 La Salle 27 27 35.2 .446 .359 .869 8.3 .7 1.3 .7 20.8
Career 91 59 25.5 .426 .335 .843 5.5 .7 .9 0.5 13.1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Waters, Mike (March 23, 2015). "B.J. Johnson's father details the reasons behind transferring from Syracuse to La Salle". The Post-Standard. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Zeitlin, Dave (December 25, 2016). "After returning home, B.J. Johnson creating his own legacy at La Salle". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "La Salle's B.J. Johnson will return for senior season". NBC Sports. April 15, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Aldridge, Adams Named Atlantic 10 Co-Players of Year, Rhode Island's Hurley Voted as Coach of the Year" (Press release). Atlantic 10 Conference. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Johnson Claims Three Philadelphia Big 5 Awards, Including First Team Honors". La Salle Explorers. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Hunt, Donald (June 25, 2018). "La Salle's B.J. Johnson to play for Charlotte Hornets in NBA Summer League". The Philadelphia Tribune. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "RELEASE: Magic sign free agent guard B.J. Johnson". Magic PR on Twitter. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Magic's B.J. Johnson: Waived, will play in G-League". CBS Sports. October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "LAKELAND MAGIC FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 23, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hawks Sign B.J. Johnson to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Johnson, Parker (March 1, 2019). "Johnson ready to make the most of 10-day deal with Hawks". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  12. ^ http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore/_/id/401071619
  13. ^ "Hawks' B.J. Johnson: Getting second 10-day contract". CBS Sports. March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kings Sign BJ Johnson". NBA.com. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kings Waive BJ Johnson". NBA.com. July 19, 2019. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Orlando Magic sign free agent B.J. Johnson". Orlando Magic PR on Twitter. September 27, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  17. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/basketball/news/b-j-johnson-waived-by-orlando/

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