Johnson with the Austin Spurs in 2016
|Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos|
March 11, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Palma (Salinas, California)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|2012–2014||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)|
|2014||Laboral Kutxa (Spain)|
|2014–2015||Austin Spurs (D-League)|
|2015||Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (Philippines)|
|2015–2016||Austin Spurs (D-League)|
|2016||New Orleans Pelicans|
|2016–present||Guangxi Weizhuang (China)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Orlando Vincent Johnson (born March 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Guangxi Weizhuang Rhinos of the Chinese National Basketball League. He played college basketball for Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara.
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.
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. On July 12, 2012, he signed a multi-year deal with the Pacers. On March 23, 2013, he scored a season-high 15 points in a win over the Atlanta Hawks. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.
On February 26, 2014, Johnson signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings. On March 8, 2014, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Kings. On March 18, 2014, the Kings did not offer him a rest of season contract.
Spain, D-League and Philippines
On August 14, 2014, Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. On October 28, 2014, he was released by Laboral after appearing in just six games. On December 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.
Return to the NBA
On February 5, 2016, Johnson signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns. He made his debut for the Suns the following day, recording seven points, one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes of action against the Utah Jazz. On February 10, he recorded 9 points, a career-high 8 rebounds and a career-high 3 blocks in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. On February 15, the Suns did not renew his contract, making him a free agent. Five days later, Johnson returned to the Austin Spurs, recording 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in 43 minutes that night against the Oklahoma City Blue in a 96–94 win.
On March 9, 2016, Johnson signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans to help the team deal with numerous injuries. New Orleans had to use an NBA hardship exemption in order to sign him as he made their roster stand at 16, one over the allowed limited of 15. That night, he made his debut for the Pelicans in a 122–113 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, recording five points and three rebounds in 20 minutes as a starter. On March 20, the Pelicans did not renew his contract, making him a free agent. The next day, he returned to Austin.
National team career
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.
Johnson's mother was murdered when he was one 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.
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