Nick Johnson (basketball)

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Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Arizona Wildcats.jpg
Johnson with the Arizona Wildcats
No. 14 – Austin Spurs
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBA G League
Personal information
Born (1992-12-22) December 22, 1992 (age 25)
Tempe, Arizona
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school
College Arizona (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Houston Rockets
2014–2015 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2015–2016 Austin Spurs
2016–2017 Bayern Munich
2017–present Austin Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nicholas Johnson (born December 22, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the University of Arizona before being drafted 42nd overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA draft.

High school career

Johnson attended Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona from 2007 to 2009, before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his junior year. As a junior in 2009–10, he averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as he led Findlay to a 32-2 record.[1]

In November 2010, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Arizona.[2]

As a senior in 2010–11, he averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as he led Findlay to a 28-4 record. He was ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the country and the No. 8 shooting guard by Rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 96 by ESPN.com. He went on to be named a Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team selection.[1]

College career

In his freshman season at Arizona, Johnson was named to the 2012 Pac-12 All-Freshman team. In 35 games, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.1 minutes per game.[1][3]

In his sophomore season, he earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. At the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, he averaged a team-best 14.0 points to go with 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. In 35 games, he averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 31.4 minutes per game.[1][3]

In his junior season, he earned first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive team honors, as well as being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.[4] He finished his career ranked 24th on UA’s scoring list with 1,333 points. In 38 games, he averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.1 minutes per game.[1][3]

On April 15, 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[5]

Professional career

Houston Rockets (2014–2015)

On June 26, 2014, Johnson was selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.[6][7] On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Rockets after averaging 12.5 points per game during the 2014 NBA Summer League.[8] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[9]

On July 20, 2015, the Rockets traded Johnson, Joey Dorsey, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a 2016 first-round draft pick, and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second-round draft pick.[10] On October 24, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets after appearing in six preseason games.[11]

Austin Spurs (2015–2016)

On December 28, 2015, Johnson was acquired by the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.[12] In 34 games for Austin in 2015–16, he averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.[13]

On September 8, 2016, Johnson signed with the Orlando Magic,[14] but was waived on October 22 after appearing in four preseason games.[15]

Bayern Munich (2016–2017)

On October 29, 2016, Johnson signed with Bayern Munich of the German Basketball Bundesliga till the end of the season.[16]

Second Stint with Austin Spurs (2017—present)

On November 2, 2017, Johnson was included in the 2017–18 opening night roster for Austin Spurs. [17] On April 10, 2018, Johnson helped the Austin Spurs in winning the NBA G League Championship and took the G League Finals MVP Award.[18][19]

NBA career statistics

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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Houston 28 0 9.4 .347 .238 .680 1.4 .4 .3 .1 2.6
Career 28 0 9.4 .347 .238 .680 1.4 .4 .3 .1 2.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Houston 9 0 5.4 .235 .143 1.000 .4 .4 .0 .1 1.3
Career 9 0 5.4 .235 .143 1.000 .4 .4 .0 .1 1.3

Personal life

Johnson's father, Joey, and his uncle, Dennis, are both former professional basketball players with the latter being a three-time NBA champion and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[20][21]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "#13 Nick Johnson". ArizonaWildcats.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arizona recruit Chol signs Letter of Intent". KVOA.com. May 5, 2011. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nick Johnson Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2013-14 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors". Pac-12.com. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Norlander, Matt (April 15, 2014). "Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson leaving for NBA Draft". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Steinberg, Russell (June 26, 2014). "2014 NBA Draft Results: Houston Rockets select Nick Johnson with 42nd pick". SBNation.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Friedman, Jason (June 30, 2014). "Rockets Introduce Capela and Johnson". NBA.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rockets officially sign draft picks Capela, Johnson". KHOU.com. July 25, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "All-Time NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, Cash Considerations and First Round Pick From Houston". NBA.com. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nuggets waive Nick Johnson, Oleksiy Pecherov, Devin Sweetney". InsideHoops.com. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Austin Spurs Acquire Nick Johnson". NBA.com. December 28, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nick Johnson D-League Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Orlando Magic Sign Six Players". NBA.com. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Orlando Magic Waive Nick Johnson, Ramon Galloway". NBA.com. October 22, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Bayern Munich signs Nick Johnson". Sportando.com. October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Opening Night Roster". Twitter.com. November 2, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Spurs Win NBA G League Championship, Defeat Raptors 905 in Game 2". NBA.com. April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  19. ^ Busch, Alex (April 11, 2018). "Nick Johnson's Finals MVP Award About More Than Just Performance". NBA.com. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  20. ^ Coro, Paul (December 11, 2011). "Arizona Wildcats freshman Nick Johnson already maturing". AZCentral.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  21. ^ Branch, John (March 20, 2014). "A Father's Legs and an Uncle's Skills". NYTimes.com. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
  • Arizona bio
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