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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.

Johnathan Motley
Johnathan Motley.jpg
Motley playing for Baylor
No. 15 – Agua Caliente Clippers
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (1995-05-04) May 4, 1995 (age 24)
Houston, Texas
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Shore (Houston, Texas)
CollegeBaylor (2014–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Dallas Mavericks
2017–2018Texas Legends
20182019Los Angeles Clippers
2018–presentAgua Caliente Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at


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.[1]

College careerEdit

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.[2] At the close of the season, Motley was named the winner of the Karl Malone Award as the country's best college power forward.[3]

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.[4] 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.

Professional careerEdit

Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends (2017-2018)Edit

After going undrafted in 2017 NBA Draft, Motley signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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

2017–18 Dallas 11 4 16.0 .533 .167 .536 4.5 .6 .3 .2 8.7
2018–19 L.A. Clippers 22 0 7.1 .534 .000 .600 2.3 .5 .2 .1 4.6
Career 33 4 10.1 .534 .111 .547 3.0 .5 .2 .2 6.0


  1. ^ "Baylor University 2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Brian (March 22, 2017). "Erratic no more: How Johnathan Motley became the centerpiece Baylor needed". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Grosbard, Adam. "Baylor's Johnathan Motley wins Karl Malone Award as nation's best power forward". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Baylor's Motley puts name in NBA draft without hiring agent". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Karalla, Bobby (July 3, 2017). "Mavericks sign Johnathan Motley to two-way contract". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jackson scores 24 as Pistons beat Mavericks 113-106 in OT". April 4, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Two-Way Forward Johnathan Motley". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "NBAREPORT: Clippers decline qualifying offer for Johnathan Motley". June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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