Amir Johnson during his tenure with the Pistons
|No. 15 – Toronto Raptors|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
May 1, 1987 |
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
(Los Angeles, California)
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Pro playing career||2005–present|
|2006||→Fayetteville Patriots (D-League)|
|2007||→Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
Johnson was selected by the Pistons with the 56th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. He is listed at 6'9" (2.06 m) and 237 lb (107 kg)  Known for his athleticism, he was drafted straight out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, deciding to skip a collegiate career. He had committed to play at the University of Louisville. He is the last high school player to be selected in the NBA Draft, as the NBA instituted a rule prior to the 2006 Draft that requires American players to be at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school class to be eligible. Then-Pistons head coach Larry Brown commented that he thought Johnson would become a special player someday.
Johnson spent the 2005–06 NBA season on the Pistons' roster, but appeared in only three games. He scored his first NBA basket on a windmill dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 24, 2006. On February 27, 2006, the Pistons assigned him to the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBA Development League. Johnson was recalled by the Pistons and on April 17, 2006 scored 18 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, making all six of his field goal attempts, both 3-point attempts, and all four of his free throw attempts.
Johnson spent most of the 2006–07 season playing for the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he earned Player of the Week honors and notice for his play. In 22 games for the Skyforce, Johnson averaged 18.9 points per game, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game, while shooting 62.3% from the field.
Johnson was recalled by the Pistons on two occasions during the 2006–07 season, including prior to the final week of the regular season. Altogether, he appeared in eight games for the Pistons, averaging 5.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, while shooting 54.5%. On April 19, 2007, Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds (6 of them offensive), and recorded four blocks and three steals in 37 minutes against the Boston Celtics.
On July 12, 2007, Johnson signed a 3-year, $11 million extension to remain with the Pistons.
On June 23, 2009, Johnson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as a part of a three-team trade between Bucks, Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs, which included Richard Jefferson. On August 18 that same year, Johnson was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Sonny Weems in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukić.
Johnson quickly became a fan favorite in Toronto, where fans praised his tenacious playing style. In the 2012-13 season, Johnson averaged career-highs in minutes played, rebounds, points, assists and steals.
Johnson also embraced the city of Toronto, quoting that “Toronto is part of me. I've been around, the people are very kind, I love it here.” He shows his appreciation for Toronto fans by offering yearly fan events. The “I Roll With Amir” initiative gives free tickets and post-game meet-and-greet dinners to 50 random fans on Twitter.
As well, Johnson is known for his random acts of kindness. Shortly after the release of Drake’s Nothing Was the Same album, Johnson bought all the copies from 2 local stores and handed them out to random pedestrians in Toronto.
Johnson grew up in an athletic family. His sister, Indi, plays forward for the women’s basketball team at Southern University, while his cousins, Kevin and Kaelin Burnett, both play linebacker for the Oakland Raiders. Johnson is highly involved in community work, and regularly hosts back to school programs, visits local hospitals and pays for low income youth to attend games.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- PISTONS: On-the-Job Training
- Brown's wife reportedly says Knicks not option – NBA – MSNBC.com
- Amir Johnson Named D-League Performer of the Week
- Sports for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa
- Jahnke, Krista (July 12, 2007). "Pistons sign Johnson to three-year deal". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
- "MILWAUKEE BUCKS COMPLETE THREE-TEAM DEAL WITH SAN ANTONIO AND DETROIT". NBA.com. 2009-06-23. Archived from the original on 27 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
- "Raptors Acquire Johnson And Weems From Milwaukee". NBA.com. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-08-18.
- "Raptors re-sign F Amir Johnson". NBC sports. 2010-07-01. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
- Amir Johnson's Official Website
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Amir Johnson at Basketball-Reference.com
- Amir Johnson on Twitter