Johnny Newman

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Johnny Newman
No. 22, 4, 20, 2
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1963-11-28) November 28, 1963 (age 50)
Danville, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school George Washington
(Danville, Virginia)
College Richmond (1982–1986)
NBA draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 1986–2003
Career history
1986–1987 Cleveland Cavaliers
19871990 New York Knicks
19901993 Charlotte Hornets
1993–1994 New Jersey Nets
19941997 Milwaukee Bucks
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets
1998–1999 Cleveland Cavaliers
19992001 New Jersey Nets
2001–2002 Dallas Mavericks
2002–2003 Panionios (Greece)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,740 (11.0 ppg)
Rebounds 2,536 (2.2 rpg)
Assists 1,688 (1.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

John Sylvester Newman, Jr. (born November 28, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. A 6' 7" and 210 lb (95 kg) guard/forward, Newman starred at the University of Richmond, before going on to play in the National Basketball Association. In his 16 seasons (1986–2002) in the NBA, he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Danville, Virginia, Newman attended George Washington High School in Danville, playing for the Eagles under local Hall of Fame coach Harry Johnson before going on to play college basketball at Richmond. Newman is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Newman graduated from Richmond in 1986 as the school's all-time leader in points with 2,383.[1] He was known as an expert marksman in college, with a .532 career field goal percentage and .800 career free throw percentage mark.

Newman led Richmond twice to the NCAA Tournament. In the 1984 Tournament, Newman and the underdog, 12th-seeded Richmond Spiders upset the 5th-seeded Auburn Tigers, led by future Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley, in the first round. They fell to the 4th-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in the 2nd round. In the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Richmond was seeded 11th in the East region and lost in the first round to 6th-seeded Saint Joseph's.

After college, Newman was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2nd round, with the 29th overall pick, of the 1986 NBA Draft.

Professional career[edit]

The Cleveland Cavaliers' group of selections in the 1986 NBA Draft was one of the best ever for the franchise, and among the best for any team. In that draft, the Cavaliers acquired the rights to future All-Stars Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Ron Harper. Since Harper and Newman played the same position, Newman was forced to ride the bench during his rookie season.

Newman joined the New York Knicks for the 1987-1988 season, and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup. Along with teammates Mark Jackson and Patrick Ewing, Newman lead the Knicks into the playoffs and averaged 19.0 ppg (including 35 points in game 3) in an opening round loss to the Boston Celtics. In 1988-89, Newman further grew into his role in the starting five. He averaged 16.0 ppg and led the Knicks to the NBA's Atlantic Division title.

After the 1989-90 season, Newman signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, an expansion franchise in its 3rd year of existence.

Newman was traded by the New Jersey Nets along with Stephon Marbury after the 2000–01 NBA season in exchange for Jason Kidd.

Newman scored 12,740 points in his NBA career.

Newman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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 season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1986–87 Cleveland 59 0 10.7 .411 .045 .868 1.2 .5 .3 .1 5.0
1987–88 New York 77 25 20.6 .435 .280 .841 2.1 .8 .9 .1 10.0
1988–89 New York 81 80 28.8 .475 .338 .815 2.5 2.0 1.4 .3 16.0
1989–90 New York 80 69 28.5 .476 .317 .799 2.4 2.3 1.2 .3 12.9
1990–91 Charlotte 81 81 30.6 .470 .357 .809 3.1 2.3 1.2 .2 16.9
1991–92 Charlotte 55 55 30.0 .477 .283 .766 3.3 2.7 1.3 .3 15.3
1992–93 Charlotte 64 27 23.0 .522 .267 .808 2.2 1.8 .7 .3 11.9
1993–94 Charlotte 18 18 23.8 .523 .250 .814 3.2 1.6 1.0 .3 13.0
1993–94 New Jersey 63 0 20.1 .453 .270 .807 1.9 .7 .8 .3 9.5
1994–95 Milwaukee 82 11 23.1 .463 .352 .801 2.1 1.1 .8 .2 7.7
1995–96 Milwaukee 82 82 32.8 .495 .377 .802 2.4 1.9 1.1 .2 10.8
1996–97 Milwaukee 82 4 25.1 .450 .347 .765 2.3 1.4 .9 .2 8.7
1997–98 Denver 74 15 29.4 .431 .343 .820 1.9 1.9 1.0 .3 14.7
1998–99 Cleveland 50 2 19.0 .422 .377 .810 1.5 .8 .6 .2 6.1
1999–2000 New Jersey 82 9 21.5 .446 .379 .838 1.9 .8 .6 .1 10.0
2000–01 New Jersey 82 17 25.0 .419 .335 .855 2.1 1.4 .8 .1 10.9
2001–02 Dallas 47 17 15.4 .453 .386 .724 1.0 .3 .6 .1 4.2
Career 1,159 512 24.5 .461 .336 .810 2.2 1.5 .9 .2 11.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1988 New York 4 2 28.3 .456 .000 .875 2.8 1.8 1.5 .3 19.0
1989 New York 9 9 28.7 .467 .250 .776 2.8 1.9 .9 .1 16.1
1990 New York 10 0 23.1 .447 .400 .755 2.1 1.0 .9 .3 11.7
1993 Charlotte 9 9 19.2 .509 .200 .688 2.1 2.0 1.1 .1 7.6
1994 New Jersey 4 0 13.5 .231 .250 .714 1.3 .5 .5 .5 3.0
2002 Dallas 3 2 7.3 .143 .167 .0 .7 .0 .0 1.0
Career 39 22 21.8 .451 .226 .766 2.1 1.4 .9 .2 10.8

Filmography[edit]

Played in the 1997 film Shadow Conspiracy with Charlie Sheen, Linda Hamilton, Donald Sutherland and Gore Vidal.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ NBA.com: Johnny Newman Bio

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