Orlando Johnson

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Orlando Johnson
No. 16 – Austin Spurs
Position Shooting guard
League NBA D-League
Personal information
Born (1989-03-11) March 11, 1989 (age 25)
Monterey, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Palma (Salinas, California)
College Loyola Marymount (2007–2008)
UC Santa Barbara (2009–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
20122014 Indiana Pacers
2012–2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2014 Sacramento Kings
2014 Laboral Kutxa
2014–present Austin Spurs
Career highlights and awards

Orlando Vincent Johnson (born March 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

College career[edit]

Johnson, a 6'5" shooting guard from Palma High School in Salinas, California, first played collegiately at Loyola Marymount. As a freshman in the 2007–08 season, Johnson averaged 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, leading the Lions in both categories. Following a coaching change at LMU, Johnson transferred to UCSB.[1]

After sitting out the 2008–09 season per NCAA transfer rules, Johnson made an instant impact in the Big West Conference for the Gauchos, averaging 18 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Johnson also led the Gauchos to the 2010 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title and an NCAA appearance. Following the season, he was named the Big West conference player of the year and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.[2]

As a junior in 2010–11, Johnson averaged 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and was again named first team All-Big West. He also led the Gauchos to another conference tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance, again earning Big West tournament MVP honors.

Following his junior season, Johnson declared himself eligible for the 2011 NBA Draft, but opted to return to UCSB for his senior season.[3]

Prior to the start of his senior season, Johnson was named to the preseason watch lists for the Wooden Award,[4] Naismith Award,[5] and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Johnson was selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was immediately traded to the Indiana Pacers.[7] On July 12, 2012, he signed a multi-year deal with the Pacers.[8] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.[9][10][11]

On February 6, 2014, he was reassigned to the Mad Ants.[12] On February 13, 2014, he was recalled by the Pacers. On February 20, 2014, he was waived by the Pacers.[13]

On February 26, 2014, Johnson signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.[14] On March 8, 2014, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Kings.[15] On March 18, 2014, the Kings did not offer him a rest of season contract.[16]

On August 14, 2014, Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Vitoria.[17] On October 28, 2014, he was released by Laboral after just six games.[18] On December 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Austin Spurs.[19]

International career[edit]

Following his junior season at UCSB, Johnson was chosen to represent the United States as a member of Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. He played in all eight matches of the tournament, averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as the team finished 7-1.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson's mother was murdered when he was a year old, and the grandmother who took him in watched her house burn down six years later. Four more of Johnson's family members perished in that blaze, and his grandmother died when he was 11. Johnson's two older brothers raised him afterwards and ensured that Johnson graduated from college.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCSB Lands Loyola Marymount Transfer Orlando Johnson". UCSB Athletics. 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Johnson, Williams Earn Top Big West Honors". UCSB Athletics. 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Andrew Masuda (May 9, 2011). "Orlando Johnson returning to UCSB for senior season". KSBY.com. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "John R. Wooden Award Announces Men’s Preseason Top 50 List". Wooden Award. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List". Slam Magazine. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NCAA men’s and women’s basketball candidates announced for 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award". Lowe's Senior CLASS. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kings sell 2nd-round pick UC Santa Barbara G Orlando Johnson to Pacers". VancouverDesi.com. June 28, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Orlando Johnson Player Profile – RealGM
  9. ^ Pacers Assign Johnson, Plumlee for 2 Games
  10. ^ Indiana Pacers Re-Assign Orlando Johnson to D-League Affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  11. ^ Indiana Pacers Re-Assign Orlando Johnson and Miles Plumlee to NBA D-League Affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  12. ^ Orlando Johnson Assigned to D-League
  13. ^ Pacers Waive Orlando Johnson
  14. ^ "KINGS SIGN ORLANDO JOHNSON TO 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 26, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ "KINGS SIGN ORLANDO JOHNSON TO 2ND 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Orlando Johnson Not Re-Signed By Kings". RealGM.com. March 18, 2014. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Laboral Kutxa brings in swingman Johnson". Euroleague.net. August 14, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Orlando Johnson leaving Baskonia. Sasha Vujacic will replace him
  19. ^ Austin Spurs Aquire Orlando Johnson
  20. ^ "Twenty-sixth World University Games". USA Basketball. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Bob Kravitz: Pacers' Orlando Johnson credits family with helping him overcome tragedies". Indy Star. 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 

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