Johnathan Landus Motley (born May 4, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears, where he was a consensus second-team All-American as a junior.
Motley playing for Baylor
|No. 15 – Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Born||May 4, 1995|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||North Shore (Houston, Texas)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Undrafted|
|2018–2019||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2018–present||→Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Motley played high school basketball at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas under head coach David Green. He led his team to a 32–4 mark as a junior and a 30–5 mark in as a senior, winning back to back district championships. A top 100 recruit nationally, Motley committed to play at Baylor on September 12, 2012.
Motley blossomed into an All-American player as a junior for Baylor, leading the Bears to their first number one ranking as a program during the 2016–17 season. At the close of the season, Motley was named the winner of the Karl Malone Award as the country's best college power forward.
At the close of his junior season, Motley declared his eligibility for the 2017 NBA draft but did not hire an agent, leaving open the option to return to college. He would later hire an agent before signing up for the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, thus ending any chances of returning for his senior year at Baylor.
Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends (2017-2018)Edit
After going undrafted in 2017 NBA Draft, Motley signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He became the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal. As a result, he gets to split his time playing between the Mavericks and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. After recovering from a previous injury he had, Motley would make his official NBA debut on December 14, 2017, recording 4 points in two minutes under a 112–97 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. On April 4, 2018, he scored a career high 26 points in a 106–113 loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Los Angeles Clippers (2018-2019)Edit
On July 23, 2018, Motley, along with the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the draft rights to Maarty Leunen and cash considerations. He would be the league's first ever two-way contract to be traded to another team. On June 28, 2019, the Clippers declined extension to Motley's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.
NBA career statisticsEdit
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|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Baylor University 2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster". baylorbears.com. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
- Hamilton, Brian (March 22, 2017). "Erratic no more: How Johnathan Motley became the centerpiece Baylor needed". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Grosbard, Adam. "Baylor's Johnathan Motley wins Karl Malone Award as nation's best power forward". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- "Baylor's Motley puts name in NBA draft without hiring agent". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Karalla, Bobby (July 3, 2017). "Mavericks sign Johnathan Motley to two-way contract". NBA.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
- "Jackson scores 24 as Pistons beat Mavericks 113-106 in OT". NBA.com. April 4, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
- "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Two-Way Forward Johnathan Motley". NBA.com. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- "NBAREPORT: Clippers decline qualifying offer for Johnathan Motley". clutchpoints.com. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.