Charles Johnson (basketball)
|No. 10, 15|
March 31, 1949|
Corpus Christi, Texas
|Died||June 1, 2007
|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|
|Pro playing career||1972–1979|
|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|
Charles "Charlie" 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. He was an alumnus of Sequoia High School and then scored 1000 points in three years at Cal Berkeley.
Johnson was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors out of the University of California, Berkeley in the 6th round, 8th pick of the 1971 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound guard played with the Warriors for five seasons and part of a sixth until he was waived in early January 1978. That misfortune changed to good tidings when he became a member of the 1977-78 NBA Championship Washington Bullets. On January 24, 1978, the Bullets signed Johnson first to a 10-day trial contract, and then a multi-year deal. In 39 games with Washington, Johnson averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
Elvin Hayes attributed the Bullets comeback to the acquisition of Johnson. Washington, which had seen injuries deplete their roster throughout the early season, was in dire need of an experienced guard to replace Phil Chenier, who was finally lost for the season in January.
Johnson scored 80 points in the last four games of the 1978 NBA finals that Washington won, 4-3, over the Seattle SuperSonics. The Bullets topped the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers to reach the championship round.
He died of cancer on June 1, 2007, aged 58.
- NBA stats @ basketballreference.com
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