Steve Johnson (basketball)

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Steve Johnson
Personal information
Born (1957-11-03) November 3, 1957 (age 60)
Akron, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school San Gorgonio
(San Bernardino, California)
College Oregon State (1976–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Playing career 1981–1991
Position Power forward / Center
Number 33, 32
Career history
19811984 Kansas City Kings
19841985 Chicago Bulls
1985–1986 San Antonio Spurs
19861989 Portland Trail Blazers
1989–1990 Minnesota Timberwolves
1990 Seattle SuperSonics
1990–1991 Golden State Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,345 (11.7 ppg)
Rebounds 3,450 (5.5 rpg)
Assists 777 (1.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clarence Stephen Johnson (born November 3, 1957) is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for numerous NBA teams. He played the power forward and center positions. He was generally regarded as a good low-post offensive player, but as a poor defender and rebounder (and as a foul-prone player as well).

Collegiate career[edit]

Johnson played collegiately at Oregon State University under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Ralph Miller. He was the star player on the 1980–81 team (known as the Orange Express) which spent most of the season at #1 in the national rankings, before losing in the NCAA basketball playoffs. That season, Johnson made 235 of 315 field goals for a field goal percentage of 74.6% — a single-season mark which was an NCAA men's basketball record until March 16, 2017 when Devontae Cacock of UNCW finished with a field goal percentage of 80.0% of 230 shots.

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted the following summer, with the 7th pick overall, by the Kansas City Kings, and played with the Kings for 2½ seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. After a season and a half with the Bulls, Johnson played a season with the San Antonio Spurs. While with the Spurs, Johnson led the league in field goal percentage at 0.632 — one of the highest in NBA history.

During the 1986 off-season, Johnson was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for longtime Blazers' fixture Mychal Thompson; the team intended to start Johnson at power forward alongside defensive-minded center Sam Bowie. Five games into the season, however, Bowie suffered a broken leg (one of many such injuries he would endure in his ill-fated career), and Johnson was moved to the starting center role, with aging veteran Caldwell Jones replacing him at power forward. That year, Johnson enjoyed his best season as a pro, averaging nearly 17 points a game, and shooting a respectable 0.555 from the field.

The next season, Bowie again broke his leg, and Johnson assumed the starting center position. Unfortunately for him, he would himself be injured, and was replaced in the lineup by Kevin Duckworth, whose stellar play earned him the job permanently. Nevertheless, Johnson earned a selection on the West All-Star team, but was unable to play due to injury. An attempt to start both players in a dual-post configuration, and the Johnson/Duckworth controversy was one of several which distracted the team in the 1988–89 season (which led to a losing record and a first-round playoff sweep). After that season, the rather unhappy Johnson was left unprotected in the 1989 NBA expansion draft, and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Johnson, unhappy with being drafted by an expansion team, played only 4 games for the Timberwolves before being traded to the Seattle SuperSonics; he played only 21 games for the Sonics that season. He played 24 games for the Golden State Warriors the following year; and retired at the conclusion of the 1990–1991 season.

Johnson holds the NCAA single season and career records for field goal percentage. He led the NBA in personal fouls during the 1981–82 and 1986–87 seasons, and led the NBA in disqualifications during the 1981–82, 1985–86, and 1986–87 seasons.[1]

Current[edit]

Johnson, who retired from playing to permanently settle in Portland source, now works with an organization called The Best of Yachting and is an investor in business in the area.

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
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1981–82 Kansas City 78 50 22.3 .613 .642 5.9 1.2 .5 1.1 12.8
1982–83 Kansas City 79 21 19.5 .624 .574 5.0 1.2 .5 1.1 11.7
1983–84 Kansas City 50 12 17.9 .553 .571 5.0 1.3 .4 1.0 9.6
1983–84 Chicago 31 9 19.2 .571 .582 5.4 .6 .5 .7 9.4
1984–85 Chicago 74 54 22.4 .545 .000 .718 5.9 .9 .5 .8 10.0
1985–86 San Antonio 71 55 25.7 .632* .694 6.5 1.3 .6 .9 13.8
1986–87 Portland 79 74 29.7 .556 .698 7.2 2.0 .6 1.0 16.8
1987–88 Portland 43 33 24.4 .529 .000 .586 5.6 1.3 .4 .7 15.4
1988–89 Portland 72 11 20.5 .524 .527 5.0 1.5 .3 .6 10.0
1989–90 Minnesota 4 0 4.3 .000 .8 .3 .0 .0 .0
1989–90 Seattle 21 0 11.5 .533 .600 2.4 .8 .1 .2 5.6
1990–91 Golden State 24 8 9.5 .540 .595 2.4 .7 .2 .2 3.8
Career 626 327 21.8 .572 .000 .634 5.5 1.2 .5 .8 11.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985 Chicago 3 0 7.3 .286 1.000 1.7 .7 .0 .0 2.0
1986 San Antonio 3 0 17.7 .333 .455 2.0 .7 .0 .3 5.0
1987 Portland 4 4 34.3 .459 .628 10.0 .5 .5 .3 20.8
1989 Portland 3 0 11.3 .250 1.000 2.0 .0 .7 .0 2.3
Career 13 4 18.9 .407 .627 4.4 .5 .3 .2 8.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia. Villard Books. 1994. p. 379. ISBN 0-679-43293-0. 

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