John Johnson (basketball)
John Howard Getty "J. J." Johnson (October 18, 1947 – January 7, 2016) was an American professional basketball player.
Johnson with the Iowa Hawkeyes, c. 1970
|Born||October 18, 1947|
|Died||January 7, 2016 (aged 68)|
San Jose, California
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Messmer (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)|
|NBA draft||1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Number||32, 27, 34|
|1973–1975||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||11,200 (12.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,778 (5.5 rpg)|
|Assists||3,285 (3.8 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school and college careerEdit
Johnson, a 6’7" small forward, then played for Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming and for the University of Iowa. He set an Iowa record for points in a season during his senior year, when he averaged 27.9 points per game. Johnson also holds Iowa's top two scoring performances with 49 and 46 points. Johnson played two seasons for Iowa, leading the team in scoring and rebounding both seasons. Johnson, accompanied by later Seattle Sonics teammate Fred Brown, guided Iowa to a 14-0 Big Ten record and NCAA tournament berth in 1970.
Johnson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 7th pick of the 1970 NBA Draft. Johnson was also selected in the 1970 ABA Draft by the Texas Chaparrals. He was the first Cavaliers player to play in an NBA All Star Game.
In 1977, Johnson was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics and was reunited with former Iowa Hawkeye teammate Fred Brown. Johnson was a key contributor for Seattle, who went to the NBA Finals in 1977–78 and won an NBA championship in 1978–79 while possibly becoming the first point forward in league history as he was the player who more often set the plays for the Sonics rather than their star guards Dennis Johnson and Gus Williams.
Johnson moved from Seattle to San Jose when his son Mitch was recruited to play for Stanford. His son played on the Stanford University basketball team from 2005 to 2008. On January 7, 2016, at age 68, John Johnson died in his San Jose residence of undetermined cause.
- "John Johnson, 68, All-Star Forward in N.B.A.", The New York Times, January 11, 2015
- "hawkeyesports.com: Season Individual Leaders". Archived from the original on November 18, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2008.
- Dochterman, Scott (January 8, 2016), "Former Iowa basketball star John Johnson dies", The Gazette
- 1970 ABA Draft at BasketballReference.com Archived July 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- "Former SuperSonics All-Star Johnny Johnson dies in San Jose", San Jose Mercury News, January 8, 2016
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
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