|No. 11 – Indiana Pacers|
March 11, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|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 playing career||2012–present|
|2012–2013||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
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.
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 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 8 matches of the tournament, averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as the team finished 7-1.
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. During his rookie season, Johnson was assigned twice to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.
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.
- "UCSB Lands Loyola Marymount Transfer Orlando Johnson". UCSB Athletics. 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "Johnson, Williams Earn Top Big West Honors". UCSB Athletics. 2010. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- Andrew Masuda (May 9, 2011). "Orlando Johnson returning to UCSB for senior season". KSBY.com. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "John R. Wooden Award Announces Men’s Preseason Top 50 List". Wooden Award. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "2011-12 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List". Slam Magazine. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "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.
- "Twenty-sixth World University Games". USA Basketball. 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
- "Kings sell 2nd-round pick UC Santa Barbara G Orlando Johnson to Pacers". Washington Post. 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- 2012-13 NBA Assignments
- "Bob Kravitz: Pacers' Orlando Johnson credits family with helping him overcome tragedies". Indy Star. 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- UCSB Athletic profile