Avery Johnson

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson as coach of the Mavericks.
Brooklyn Nets
Head Coach
Personal information
Born(1965-03-25) March 25, 1965 (age 47)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
NationalityAmerican
High schoolSt. Augustine HS (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeNew Mexico JC (1983–1984)
Cameron (1984–1985)
Southern (1986–1988)
NBA Draft1988 / Undrafted
Pro career1988–2004
Career history
As player:
1988Palm Beach Stingrays (USBL)
19881990Seattle SuperSonics
1990Denver Nuggets
1991San Antonio Spurs
1992Houston Rockets
1992–1993San Antonio Spurs
1993–1994Golden State Warriors
19942001San Antonio Spurs
2001–2002Denver Nuggets
20022003Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004Golden State Warriors
As coach:
2004–2005Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
20052008Dallas Mavericks
2010–presentNew Jersey/Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,817 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,751 (1.7 rpg)
Assists5,846 (5.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson as coach of the Mavericks.
Brooklyn Nets
Head Coach
Personal information
Born(1965-03-25) March 25, 1965 (age 47)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
NationalityAmerican
High schoolSt. Augustine HS (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeNew Mexico JC (1983–1984)
Cameron (1984–1985)
Southern (1986–1988)
NBA Draft1988 / Undrafted
Pro career1988–2004
Career history
As player:
1988Palm Beach Stingrays (USBL)
19881990Seattle SuperSonics
1990Denver Nuggets
1991San Antonio Spurs
1992Houston Rockets
1992–1993San Antonio Spurs
1993–1994Golden State Warriors
19942001San Antonio Spurs
2001–2002Denver Nuggets
20022003Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004Golden State Warriors
As coach:
2004–2005Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
20052008Dallas Mavericks
2010–presentNew Jersey/Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points8,817 (8.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,751 (1.7 rpg)
Assists5,846 (5.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Avery Johnson (born March 25, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Brooklyn Nets. He has also coached the Dallas Mavericks, leading them to their first NBA Finals appearance and four consecutive 50+ win seasons. During his playing days, Johnson was known as the "Little General" for his small (by NBA standards) stature, his leadership skills as a point guard and floor general, and his close friendship with former San Antonio Spurs teammate David "The Admiral" Robinson.

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Biography

Playing career

As a high school senior in 1983, Johnson led New Orleans' St. Augustine High School to a 35–0 record and the Class 4A Louisiana State Championship. Johnson matriculated at New Mexico Junior College before moving on to Cameron University, and finally Southern University, with whom in his senior season in 1988 he led the NCAA with 13.3 assists per game, a senior and all-time record that still stands.[1] Upon graduation in 1988 Johnson was not selected in the NBA Draft. After a summer season with the USBL's Palm Beach Stingrays, however, Johnson was signed by the Seattle SuperSonics and managed to spend the next 16 years playing in the NBA, including stints with the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and Dallas Mavericks. A true journeyman as a player, occasionally being traded, or even waived, mid-season, Johnson is best known for his time with the San Antonio Spurs (1991, 1992–1993, 1994–2001), particularly his integral role on the 1999 Spurs team that won the NBA championship against the New York Knicks in which he hit the championship-winning shot in Game 5. The San Antonio Spurs retired Johnson's number 6 on December 22, 2007 in a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was also inducted into the "San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame" on February 20, 2009.

Coaching career

Dallas Mavericks

On October 28, 2004, Johnson retired from playing and signed as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks under Don Nelson. Johnson had played under Nelson from 2001–2003, and it was understood from the beginning that he was being groomed to eventually succeed Nelson as head coach. His transition from assistant to head coach came five months later on March 19, 2005 after Nelson resigned.

Under Johnson, the Mavericks closed out the 2004–2005 season with a 16–2 run and a first-round playoff victory over the Houston Rockets, before bowing out to the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the playoffs. Johnson was named the April 2005 NBA Coach of the Month, only one month after becoming a head coach for the first time.

The 2005–06 season was even more successful for Johnson and was marked by a series of milestones. In November 2005 Johnson again won the NBA Coach of the Month award (his second and second consecutive, following his award from April the previous season), making him the first NBA coach to win the award in his first two months as a head coach. On January 28, 2006, when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz, Johnson's record as coach reached 50–12, making Johnson the fastest coach to reach 50 wins. In February 2006, he was chosen to coach the 2006 NBA All-Star team for the Western Conference. On March 15, 2006, Johnson set the record for most wins over the course of a coach's first 82 games (the equivalent of a full season), with 66 wins over the span. Although Johnson ultimately led the Mavericks to the second-best record in the Western Conference, the team entered the playoffs as the fourth seed in the west, due to the structure of the 2006 NBA Playoffs seeding. In April 2006, Johnson was rewarded for this success with the 2006 NBA Coach of the Year Award.

In June 2006, after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns in the first three rounds of the playoffs, Johnson led the Dallas Mavericks to their first ever NBA Finals appearance. However, the Mavs were defeated in the series by the Miami Heat, losing 4 straight after winning the first two games.

On December 31, 2006, Johnson became the fastest head coach to win 100 games by defeating the Denver Nuggets. This record was later broken by Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls. In the 2006–07 season, Johnson's Mavericks had the best record in the NBA with 67 wins and entered the playoffs as first seed. However, his Mavericks eventually lost to the 8th seed Golden State Warriors, led by former Mavericks head coach Don Nelson, in one of the biggest upsets in recent NBA history.

With his win on November 18, 2007 against the Grizzlies, Johnson became the fastest coach to reach 150 wins. Following the 2007–2008 season, the Mavericks, under Johnson, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. A day later, on April 30, 2008, Johnson was dismissed as head coach of the Mavericks.[2][3][4]

2008–10: ESPN Analyst

Johnson later joined ESPN/ABC as a studio analyst, until he received an offer to become head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets

On June 9, 2010, reports surfaced Johnson had negotiated a deal to become the head coach of the New Jersey Nets. Johnson later confirmed on ESPN.com that the reports were true, making him the newest coach of the Nets team that went 12–70 during their 2009–10 campaign.

Personal life

Johnson and his wife Cassandra have two children, Avery Jr. and Christianne. [5]

Head coaching record

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win-loss  %
Post seasonPGPlayoff GamesPWPlayoff WinsPLPlayoff LossesPW–L %Playoff Win-loss  %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
DAL2004–0518162.8892nd in Southwest1367.462Lost in Conf. Semifinals
DAL2005–06826022.7322nd in Southwest23149.609Lost in NBA Finals
DAL2006–07826715.8171st in Southwest624.333Lost in First Round
DAL2007–08825131.6224th in Southwest514.200Lost in First Round
NJN2010–11822458.2934th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
NJN2011–12662244.3335th in AtlanticMissed Playoffs
Career412240172.583472324.489

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