Charles Johnson (basketball, born 1949)
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Charles Johnson (March 31, 1949 – June 1, 2007) was an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors and the Washington Bullets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an alumnus of Sequoia High School and then scored 1,000 points in three years at the University of California, Berkeley.
|Born||March 31, 1949|
Corpus Christi, Texas
|Died||June 1, 2007 (aged 58)|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Sequoia (Redwood City, California)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Round: 6 / Pick: 93rd overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|1972–1978||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||4,241 (8.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,318 (2.5 rpg)|
|Assists||973 (1.9 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
The San Francisco Warriors drafted Johnson in the 6th round of the 1971 NBA draft. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound point guard played with the Warriors for five seasons and part of a sixth until he was waived in early January 1978. Johnson was a member of the 1974–75 Warriors NBA championship team.
After his release, Johnson was signed by the Washington Bullets in January, 1978, after a season-ending injury to Phil Chenier. Johnson averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a member of the 1977–78 NBA Championship.
Elvin Hayes attributed the Bullets championship run to the acquisition of Johnson. In the last four games of the 1978 NBA finals against the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson scored 80 points and helped Washington win the series 4 games to 3. The Bullets topped the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the championship round.
Johnson died of cancer on June 1, 2007, aged 58.
- NBA stats @ basketballreference.com