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Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson
Personal information
Born September 18, 1954
San Pedro, California
Died February 22, 2007 (aged 52)
Austin, Texas
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Career information
High school Dominguez
(Compton, California)
College LA Harbor College (1972–1975)
Pepperdine (1975–1976)
NBA Draft 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 1976–1990 (14 years)
Position Point Guard / Shooting Guard
Jersey no. 24, 3
Coaching career
Coaching career 1999–2007 (8 years)
Career history

As player:

19761980 Seattle SuperSonics
19801983 Phoenix Suns
19831990 Boston Celtics

As coach:

1999–2000 La Crosse Bobcats
2003 Los Angeles Clippers
2004–2005 Florida Flame
2005–2007 Austin Toros
Career highlights and awards

Dennis Wayne Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed "DJ", was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Seattle SuperSonicsPhoenix Suns and Boston Celtics and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was an alumnus of Dominguez High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and Pepperdine University.

A prototypical late bloomer, Johnson overcame early struggles and had a successful NBA playing career. Drafted 29th overall in 1976 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson began his professional career as a shooting guard. He eventually led the Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, winning the Finals MVP Award. After a short stint with the Phoenix Suns, he became the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won two more championships in 1984 and 1986. Johnson was voted into five All-Star Teams, one All-NBA First and one Second Team, and nine consecutive All-Defensive First and Second Teams. Apart from his reputation as a defensive stopper, Johnson was known as a clutch player who made several decisive plays in NBA playoffs history.

The Celtics franchise has retired Johnson's #3 jersey, which hangs from the rafters of the TD Garden, the home arena of the team. On April 5, 2010, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced that Johnson had been posthumously elected to the Hall. He was formally inducted on August 13. He is considered by several sports journalists to be one of the most underrated players of all time.

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