George T. Johnson
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George Thomas Johnson (born December 18, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player. A 6'11" forward/center born in Tylertown, Mississippi and from Dillard University, he played in 13 NBA seasons (1972–1983; 1984–1986) as a member of the Golden State Warriors, the Buffalo Braves, the New Jersey Nets, the San Antonio Spurs, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Seattle SuperSonics.
|Born||December 18, 1948|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Gulledge (Tylertown, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||1970 / Round: 5 / Pick: 79th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|1972–1977||Golden State Warriors|
|1977–1980||New Jersey Nets|
|1980–1982||San Antonio Spurs|
|1984–1985||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||4,369 (4.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,887 (6.5 rpg)|
|Blocks||2,082 (2.5 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Johnson was a key reserve on the Warriors team that won the NBA Championship in 1975, and he grabbed 5,887 rebounds in his career. Johnson led the NBA in blocked shots per game three times, led the NBA in disqualifications in 1977–78 with 20, and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1980–81. He blocked at least 10 shots in a game six times during his NBA career.
Johnson recorded the first five-by-five in NBA history, and is one of only twelve players to accomplish one. On March 26, 1978, he had 15 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 7 blocks in a 118-104 victory over the Washington Bullets.
In 1981-82, Johnson started 62 games for the Spurs, helping them win the Midwest Division championship and reach the Western Conference finals. After San Antonio was swept by the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in a series in which Johnson was badly outplayed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spurs coach Stan Albeck determined the team was seriously deficient in the low post. Albeck sought a premier center, and got it by trading for Chicago Bulls All-Star Artis Gilmore, signaling the end of Johnson's time in San Antonio.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
|†||Denotes season in which Johnson won an NBA championship|
|*||Led the league|
- "George Johnson posted 15 points versus the Washington Bullets on March 26, 1978. StatMuse". statmuse. statmuse. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
- New Jersey Nets at Washington Bullets Box Score, March 26, 1978 | Basketball-Reference.com
- O'Connor, Ian (June 3, 1995), "Barry Cries Foul Has Underhanded Plan For Shaq", New York Daily News[permanent dead link]