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Avery Johnson | 7
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Position:  G
Born: 03/25/65
Height: 5-11 /  1,80
Weight: 185  lbs. / 83,9  kg.
College: Southern University
Career Highlights
  • Owns career averages of 8.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 25.3 minutes (1,054 regular season games with Seattle, Denver (twice), San Antonio (three stints), Houston, Dallas and Golden State (twice)
  • Owns a career 3.34 assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Has appeared in 90 playoff games, averaging 10.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.13 steals in 31.2 minutes
  • Became the 75th player in NBA history to play 1,000 career games on 3/28/03 and joined Calvin Murphy as the only other player under 6-feet in height to reach that milestone
  • Was just the fifth player in NBA history to increase his scoring average in each of his first seven seasons, reaching 13.4 points in 1994-95
  • Holds the Spurs franchise record for most consecutive games played appearing in 296 straight (from 12/1/92 to 3/14/97)
  • Had a string of 378 consecutive games played snapped against the Boston Celtics on 3/14/97
  • Named winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1997-98
  • Has been named to the NBA All-Interview First Team three times
  • Reached the 5,000 career assists plateau on 2/27/00 against the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Named captain of the Golden State Warriors on 11/3/93 after just 9 days with the team
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    BACKGROUND

    Avery Johnson's basketball odyssey began with playing for three colleges and has continued into the professional ranks. Starting in 1988, he began playing in the United States Basketball League and then several NBA teams for varying lengths including the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. On his second tour with the Spurs beginning in 1994, he became the starting point guard and directed the team as it won the championship in 2000. The “Little General” returned for his second stint with the Warriors when he was acquired in the summer of 2003 and was quickly named one of the team’s captains.

    2003-04 (Golden State):
    Appeared in 46 games (one start), averaging 4.6 points, and 2.4 assists in 13.8 minutes...Tallied season-high 16 points and seven assists at Boston (4/2)...Made only start of the season vs. Indiana (3/20), marking first start since 2/20/02 vs. Utah in his last game with Denver before being traded to Dallas...Registered one double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in 19 minutes vs. Washington (3/26), marking first double-double since recording 18 points and 16 assists with Denver at Minnesota on 2/15/02...Averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.50 steals over final two games played before missing final seven games of season with strained right hamstring...10-plus points seven times...

  • For Avery Johnson's 2003-04 warriors.com Season-In-Review click here

    2001-02:
    Appeared in 68 games with Denver and Dallas and started 13 (all with Denver)…Ranked third in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.76)…Scored in double figures 23 times and posted 20+ three times…Averaged 3.2 ppg and 1.6 apg in 8.9 mpg in 17 games with Dallas…Tallied Mavericks highs with 15 points (4-5 FGs) and 7 assists at Portland (3/14)…Missed four games on the injured list with a bruised left calf (4/13-4/17/02)…Had six double-doubles (all with Denver)…Scored a season-high 23 points and added 12 assists vs. Sacramento on 1/16/02…Appeared in his 900th career game vs. Chicago on 11/13/01…Scored his 8,000th career point vs. Orlando on 11/15/01

    2000-01:
    Appeared in 55 games with the Nuggets, averaging 5.6 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game...Shot 44.7% from the field, 16.7% (1-6) from three-point land and 68.3% from the line...Finished with the second best assists-to-turnover ratio in the NBA with a 3.95-1 mark...Scored in double-figures eight times...Had a season-best 14 four-times: vs. Minnesota on 11/2, at the LA Lakers in a season-high 36 minutes on 12/1, vs. Dallas on 2/13 and at Houston on 3/17...Posted double-figures in assists in back to back games: finished with ten assists in 24 minutes vs. Seattle on 4/3 and then handed out a season-best 12 dimes at Denver on 4/5...Missed a total of 27 games due to a left thigh contusion/tight left hamstring...On injured list from 12/14 to 2/8...Had a string of 157 starts snapped on 12/13 at Phoenix...

    1999-2000:
    Named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview First Team...Logged 24 points and 7 assists in a 100-93 win over Vancouver on 4/17...Tallied 16 points and 13 assists in a 113-111 OT win in Houston on 2/20.

    1998-99:
    Named to the 1998-99 NBA All-Interview First Team...Led the Spurs in assists (7.4 apg, 9th in the NBA) and ranked 2nd on the team in steals (1.02 spg)...Posted 24 points (9-14 FG, 6-6 FT), a game-highs 8 assists and 3 rebounds in a 98-90 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers on 5/1...Scored 19 points and dished a game-high 11 assists against the Toronto Raptors on 3/26...Averaged 10.3 ppg, 10.2 apg and 2.4 rpg, and shot .536 from the field, during the Spurs' nine-game winning streak from 3/2 to 3/17...Recorded 17 points, a game-high 15 assists and 3 steals in a 121-109 victory over the Sacramento Kings on 3/16.

    1997-98:
    Named to the 1997-98 NBA All-Interview First Team...Named the winner of the 1997-98 NBA Sportsmanship Award...Posted a game-high 22 points (9-12 FG, 4-4 FT) and 8 assists in a 92-76 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on 3/18...Scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and added 10 assists in a 100-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on 2/28...Registered 13 points, a game-high 14 assists and 7 rebounds in a 105-96 win over the Golden State Warriors on 2/3...Totaled a season-high 27 points (12-19 FG), a game-high 11 assists and 3 rebounds in a 115-90 win over the Houston Rockets on 1/26...Recorded 20 assists, including 12 in the first quarter, and scored 9 points in a 102-87 win over the L.A. Clippers on 12/10.

    1996-97:
    Johnson started all 76 games he played in 1996-97, missing six games in March due to a throat abscess that required surgery...He had played in a franchise-record 378 consecutive games and made 227 straight starts before being sidelined on March 14 against Boston...Johnson led the Spurs with 6.8 assists and 1.26 steals and also averaged 10.5 points in a team-high 32.5 minutes...He still ranked 17th in the NBA in assists even though injuries took away some of San Antonio's most reliable scorers, like David Robinson and Sean Elliott, for much of the season...He reached double figures in assists 17 times, twice handing out a season-high 14...He had 11 double-doubles on the season...Johnson scored a season-high 26 points, to go with nine assists, in a 102-98 victory at Indiana on March 8... That was one of 41 games in which he scored in double figures, and one of seven 20+ performances.

    1995-96:
    Johnson averaged 13.1 points, 9.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.45 steals in 37.6 minutes per game, ranking third in the NBA in assists behind only perennial leader John Stockton and Jason Kidd...He also ranked 21st in minutes and 23rd in steals, leading the Spurs in both categories...Johnson's shooting percentage was .494, 36th in the NBA...Johnson reached double figures in assists 36 times, handing out a season-high 17 assists twice... He started all 82 games at point guard and led the team in assists 80 times...He scored in double figures 56 times, with a season-high 26 points against the Clippers on Jan. 31, and posted 23 double-doubles...He finished the season with a streak of 316 consecutive games played, the seventh-longest active streak in the NBA...In postseason action Johnson averaged team highs of 9.4 assists (third in the NBA), 2.00 steals (tied for sixth) and 40.7 minutes per game (tied for 13th)...He also averaged 12.3 points per game.

    1994-95:
    His average of 13.4 points per game represented the seventh consecutive season in which he had improved his scoring output...He joined Alex English, Kevin McHale, Derek Harper, and Happy Hairston as the only NBA players to achieve that feat...His .519 field-goal percentage was 19th in the league and ranked him behind only the Utah Jazz's John Stockton and the Phoenix Suns' Elliot Perry among NBA point guards...Johnson's assists average (8.2 apg) ranked seventh in the league and made him one of only four players (along with Stockton, Anfernee Hardaway, and Gary Payton) to average more than 10 points and 7 assists...Johnson started all 82 games... The Spurs went 62-20 to post the best record in the NBA... In the postseason Johnson averaged 14.5 points and 8.3 assists.

    1993-94:
    He started 70 of 82 games, averaging 5.3 assists and a then career-best 10.9 points and shooting .492 from the floor...Among the league's point guards, only All-Stars John Stockton and Gary Payton had higher field-goal percentages...Johnson also recorded 2,332 minutes played in a season...Johnson averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 assists for the playoff series...On July 22, 1994, Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.

    1992-93:
    Johnson returned to San Antonio when the Spurs signed him as an unrestricted free agent on November 19...Johnson became a starter, and the fifth-year guard responded with 8.7 points per game and 7.5 assists (14th in the league), rebounds (1.9 rpg), minutes (27.1 per game), field-goal percentage (.502), and free-throw percentage (.791)...He averaged 10.9 points and 9.4 assists as a starter, and his 3.9-to-1 assists-to-turnovers ratio was No. 3 in the league...Johnson ended up playing in 75 games for San Antonio. He averaged 8.2 points and 8.1 assists in 10 playoff games for the Spurs.

    1991-92:
    He played in 20 games with the Spurs before being waived in December...He averaged 5.0 points and 6.8 assists with San Antonio...Johnson was picked up by Houston on January 10, signing consecutive 10-day contracts before being booked for the season at the end of the month...With the Rockets, he averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 assists in 15.8 minutes per game over 49 games...Johnson scored a then career-high 22 points and dished for 11 assists as the Rockets downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-102, on January 28...For the season, he scored 10-plus points on six occasions and led Houston in assists eight times.

    1990-91:
    He started the season with the Denver Nuggets and played in 21 games for them before being waived in December...He caught on with the San Antonio Spurs on January 17 and played in 47 games the rest of the way...Johnson got seven starts, and he responded with averages of 9.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game...Johnson recorded a then playoff career-high 3 assists against the Golden State Warriors on April 25.

    1989-90:
    Johnson appeared in 53 games for the Seattle SuperSonics, making 10 starts. He averaged 2.6 points and 3.1 assists, although he shot less than 40 percent from the field for the second straight season...On January 5, he dished 18 assists against the Miami Heat...Traded to the Denver Nuggets on October 24, 1990, for a conditional pick in the 1997 NBA Draft.

    1988-89:
    After playing for the Palm Beach Stingrays of the United States Basketball League in 1988, Johnson signed with the Seattle SuperSonics as a free agent prior to the 1988-89 season...He played in 43 games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.7 assists off the bench...He also appeared in six playoff games and scored a total of 11 points.

    COLLEGE:
    Johnson's odyssey began at New Mexico Junior College in 1983-84...He later transferred to Cameron College in Oklahoma and then spent his last two seasons of eligibility at Southern University in his hometown of New Orleans...His scoring output was modest (9.2 ppg in two seasons), but his playmaking was spectacular...Johnson averaged 10.7 assists in 1986-87 and 13.3 assists in 1987-88, leading all NCAA Division I players both years...Johnson compiled a career assists average of 8.97 per game, an all-time Division I record. He also set an NCAA record for assists in a game with 22 against Texas Southern on January 25, 1988...He was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and MVP of the conference tournament both seasons.


  • PERSONAL

    • He and his wife Cassandra have two children, Christianne and Avery, Jr.
    • Created the Avery Johnson Foundation during the 1995-96 season
    • His main focus now is then developement of a new school at Antoich Baptist Church
    • He is the most community minded of all the Spurs, making numerous appearances in the San Antonio region
    • He and Cassandra were given the President's Award for Service to Families by the Family Service Association in March of 2000
    • Named one of the 40 Most Influential People Under 40 by the San Antonio Buiness Journal
    • Was given the 1999 Excellence in Sportsmanship Award by the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance
    • A past winner of USA Weekend's Most Caring Athlete Award
    • The 1999 winner of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award by the Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas
    • Has a group of 25 tickets which he donates to underpriviledged youths in San Antonio
    • Honored by the Fannie Mae Foundation with the inaugural Home Team Community Service Award for his volunteer work in helping re-vitalize inner-city neighborhoods
    • Involved in the Toys for Tots and Kids Now programs
    • His favorite food is his wife's cabbage and rice and his mom's pancakes
    • Enjoys playing golf and tennis
    • A true gym rat, he trains five hours a day in the offseason
    • Says any perfect day must include "the two B's" (Bible study and Biking)
    • In 2003-04, was named the winner of the Fourth Annual Golden State Warriors Foundation Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the spirit of community service during the season through their outstanding commitment of time, service and financial support to children and families in the Bay Area...

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