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Ivan Johnson (basketball)

Ivan Wilkerson Johnson (born April 10, 1984) is an American former professional basketball player who last played for Tanduay Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League. He played college basketball for Cisco College, L.A. Southwest JC, Oregon and Cal State San Bernardino.

Ivan Johnson
Personal information
Born (1984-04-10) April 10, 1984 (age 35)
San Antonio, Texas
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolFox Tech (San Antonio, Texas)
NBA draft2007 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–2017
PositionPower forward
Career history
2007–2008Anaheim Arsenal
2008Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2008–2009Changwon LG Sakers
2009–2010Jeonju KCC Egis
2010–2011Erie BayHawks
2011Caciques de Humacao
2011Qingdao DoubleStar
20112013Atlanta Hawks
2013–2014Zhejiang Golden Bulls
2014–2015Texas Legends
2015Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters GBC
2016Tropang TNT
2016Caciques de Humacao
2016Reales de La Vega
2017Tanduay Alab Pilipinas
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Johnson is currently playing in the 3-on-3 basketball league BIG3 playing for Ghost Ballers.

College careerEdit

Johnson played college basketball for four different colleges including Cisco Junior College in Texas and Los Angeles Southwest Junior College, where he averaged 22.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a sophomore.[1] He then transferred to the University of Oregon on a scholarship.[2]

Professional careerEdit

NBA D-League and Korean Basketball League (2007–2010)Edit

Johnson began his professional career in the NBA D-League where he played for the Anaheim Arsenal and Rio Grande Valley Vipers from 2007-2008. After that, he played in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) with the Changwon LG Sakers and Jeonju KCC Egis from 2008-2010. He was "banned forever" from the KBL for directing the middle-finger gesture at a referee during the final game of the championship series. After the game, the KBL held a meeting and also decided to fine Johnson US$4,448.[3][4]

Atlanta Hawks (2011–2012)Edit

On December 9, 2011, Johnson signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[5] On April 13, 2012, Johnson was sent home and fined an undisclosed amount of money for "conduct detrimental to the team."[6] Just three days later on April 16, 2012, Johnson scored a career high 21 points against the Toronto Raptors.[7][8]

On May 12, 2012, the NBA fined Johnson $25,000 for gesturing, again with his middle finger, at a Boston Celtics fan following the Hawks’ elimination from the playoffs.[4]

On September 18, 2012, Johnson signed a one-year deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks.

Zhejiang Golden Bulls (2013)Edit

In August 2013, Johnson signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China.[9][10]

Brief return to Dallas (2014)Edit

On July 29, 2014, Johnson signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[11] However, he was later waived by the Mavericks on October 25, 2014.[12] On December 5, 2014, he was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.[13] On February 6, 2015, he was waived by Texas.[14]

Talk 'N Text (2015)Edit

On February 18, 2015, Johnson signed with Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association.[15] On April 29, 2015, he helped the Texters to win the 2015 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[16] GBC (2015)Edit

In September 2015, Johnson signed with GBC of Spain for the 2015–16 season.[17] Though, in October he had to leave the team.[18]

Return to Talk 'N Text / Tropang TNT (2016)Edit

On January 13, 2016, Johnson signed once again with the defending champion Tropang TNT as the team's import for the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup.[19] Days before the Commissioner's Cup, he was figured in a brawl with two players of Blackwater Elite in the team's tune-up game in Moro Lorenzo Gym. Johnson was suspended for one game and fined 50,000 pesos after the incident.[20]

On February 13, 2016, Johnson was "banned for life" from the PBA and fined 250,000 pesos after he disrespected and cursed the PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during their game against Meralco Bolts, earlier in the game he was called for a technical foul for second motion on Meralco's Forward/Center Kelly Nabong and a flagrant foul one penalty after he gave an elbow to the face of Meralco's Forward/Center Bryan Faundo and his second technical foul came from his encounter with the commissioner Narvasa that led him to be ejected from the game.[21]

Johnson, through his Twitter account, later apologized to Commissioner Narvasa and thanked the PBA for giving him the chance to return as the import of the Tropang TNT for the second consecutive time.[22] In a press conference, Narvasa accepted Johnson's apology, three days after the incident.[23] The PBA later downgraded the ban order to a suspension good for one season and the fine has been reduced to 150,000 pesos.[24]

Petrochimi Bandar Imam / Caciques de Humacao (2016)Edit

On March 9, 2016, Johnson signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam of the Iranian Super League.[25] However, he never played for the Iranian team. On April 25, he left Petrochimi and signed with Caciques de Humacao for a second stint.[26]

Hekmeh/Sagesse (2016)Edit

On December 12, 2016, Johnson signed with Sagesse of the Lebanese Basketball League.

Alab Pilipinas (2017)Edit

After a stint in the BIG3, Johnson returned to professional, 5-on-5 basketball after being signed by the Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League as its new World Import.[27][28] This will be Johnson's third stint playing in the Philippines.

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

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 Atlanta 56 0 16.7 .513 .333 .720 4.0 .6 .8 .3 6.4
2012–13 Atlanta 69 5 15.0 .520 .077 .618 3.9 .7 .8 .2 6.6
Career 125 5 15.8 .517 .158 .662 3.9 .6 .8 .3 6.5


2012 Atlanta 5 0 10.8 .313 .000 .600 3.4 .0 .6 .0 2.6
2013 Atlanta 6 0 18.0 .462 .000 .667 3.3 .5 .7 .5 6.0
Career 11 0 14.7 .405 .000 .652 3.4 .3 .6 .3 4.5


  1. ^ "Ivan Johnson - - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site". Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Browne, Rembert. "Who Is Ivan Johnson And How'd He Wind Up With The Hawks? - From Our Editors -". Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ivan Johnson Banned From KBL Forever". Korea Times. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Schroeder, Scott. "PHOTO: Atlanta Hawks Get Eliminated, Ivan Johnson Uses Middle Finger Again - From Our Editors -". Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "HAWKS: Hawks Re-Sign Jason Collins, Ink Tracy McGrady and Keith Benson". Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Vivlamore, Chris. "Update II: Ivan Johnson sent home". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ivan Johnson scored a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting". Rotoworld. Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ivan Johnson Game Log". Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  9. ^ 关于稠州银行男篮正式签约伊万-约翰逊的公告
  10. ^ Ivan Johnson signs to play in China
  11. ^ "Dallas Mavericks sign forward Ivan Johnson". July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
  12. ^ "Mavericks request waivers on Bernard James, Ivan Johnson and Doron Lamb". October 25, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Legends Acquire Ivan Johnson Archived February 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ NBA D-League 2014-15 Transactions Archived June 26, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Former Atlanta Hawk Ivan Johnson replaces Richard Howell on Talk 'N Text". February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Talk N' Text withstands Rain or Shine in 2OT, nabs PBA Commissioner's Cup title". April 29, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  17. ^ " GBC cierra plantilla con el polémico interior Ivan Johnson" (in Spanish). Gigantes del Basket. September 15, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  18. ^ Carchia, E. "Gipuzkoa coach Ponsarnau confirms Ivan Johnson will be waived". Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "Ivan Johnson returns to re-energize Texters". Richard Dy, January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  20. ^ Badua, Snow (February 3, 2016). "TNT import Ivan Johnson suspended one game, fined P50,000 for fight in tune-up". Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "TNT import Ivan Johnson fined P250k, banned from PBA". February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  22. ^ Panaligan, Marisse (February 14, 2016). "PBA: Ivan Johnson apologizes to Commissioner Narvasa after lifetime ban". GMA News. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  23. ^ "PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa accepts Ivan Johnson's apology". February 15, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  24. ^ "Basketball: Ex-NBA player's Philippines life ban reduced". Channel NewsAsia. AFP. February 17, 2016. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  25. ^ "Petrochimi signs Hamed Haddadi and Ivan Johnson". March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  26. ^ Modestti, Luis (March 25, 2016). "Caciques firman a Ivan Johnson". (in Spanish). Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  27. ^ Riego, Norman Lee Benjamin (September 19, 2017). "Johnson joins, Domingo returns for Alab Pilipinas". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  28. ^ Alab Pilipinas NEW World Import, Ivan Johnson!

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