Johnson signing autographs
December 21, 1967 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Block (Jonesville, Louisiana)|
|College||New Orleans (1989–1993)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,473 (4.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||5,148 (6.1 rpg)|
|Blocks||1,087 (1.3 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ervin Johnson (born December 21, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball center who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2006. He currently resides in Colorado as a community ambassador for the Denver Nuggets.
A 6'11", 245-pound center from the University of New Orleans, Johnson was selected 23rd overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1993 NBA draft, and has played for the Sonics, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Bucks (in two separate stints).
Early Life and College Career
After working in a Baton Rouge supermarket for almost three years, he was spotted by a father of a UNO baseball player while bagging groceries and was informed of Tim Floyd's lack of height on the basketball team at the University of New Orleans. Within a few days Johnson went to meet Floyd, who at first thought it was a joke.
UNO recorded 87 victories during Johnson's time in the program. They earned two NCAA tournament bids and one NIT tournament appearance. When he finished, he was the second all-time leading scorer in UNO history (1,608 points), first all-time in field goal percentage (59%), first all-time in double-doubles with 55, first all-time in rebounds with 1,287 (10.5 per game), third all-time in double-figure scoring games (81), eighth all-time in steals (109), second all-time in games played (123) and first all-time in blocks (294). Johnson was named All-American South Conference for the 1990-1991 season, All-Sun Belt Conference for the 1991-1992 season and was the 1992-1993 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.
- Johnson was named Basketball Times 2nd Team All-American for 1992-93 and 3rd team All-American by Basketball Weekly and United Press International. He was named Honorable Mention All-American for the same season by the Associated Press.
- Johnson was named MVP of the NABC All-America Game in 1993.
- His Privateer jersey (40) was retired December 29, 1997 at Lakefront Arena.
- Johnson was named to the All-Time Men's Basketball Team for the Sun Belt Conference in 2005 in celebration of the conference's 30th basketball season.
- Johnson completed his degree in general studies from University of New Orleans during the 1996-97 NBA season, and was commencement speaker at graduation ceremonies.
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