Johnson with UCLA in 1976-77
|Born||February 8, 1956|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||218 lb (99 kg)|
|NBA draft||1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks|
|1984-1987||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1989||Golden State Warriors|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||13,892 (20.1 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,817 (7.0 rpg)|
|Assists||2,502 (3.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|College Basketball Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 2013
Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player who is a basketball analyst for the Milwaukee Bucks on Fox Sports Net. He played as a small forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1977-1989, where he was a five-time All-Star. He played the majority of his career with the Bucks.
Johnson was a Los Angeles City Section player of the year in high school before attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and won a national championship in 1975. In his senior year, he won multiple national player of the year awards. Johnson was the third overall pick in the 1977 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played seven seasons with Milwaukee before finishing his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors.
Johnson was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana and raised in South Los Angeles, where he played high school basketball at Crenshaw High School in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, winning the Los Angeles City Section 4-A Division Player of the Year in 1973.
In his sophomore season in 1974-75, Johnson helped to lead the Bruins to Coach John Wooden's 10th and final NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship. Wooden retired from coaching after the season, and Gene Bartow became the head coach. Johnson continued to excel, averaging 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his senior season and won the inaugural John R. Wooden Award in addition to the USBWA College Player of the Year as the nation's top collegiate basketball player. Johnson also majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.
Johnson claims to have coined the term point forward, a position he played out of necessity in 1984. During the 1984 playoffs, Milwaukee became short on point guards due to injuries. Nelson instructed Johnson to set up the offense from his forward position. Johnson responded, "OK, so instead of a point guard, I'm a point forward". Johnson and the Bucks reached as far as the Eastern Conference Finals twice, in 1983 and again in 1984.
In the 1984 off-season, Nelson -- who was also Bucks general manager -- traded Johnson, forward-guard Junior Bridgeman, forward Harvey Catchings and cash to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Terry Cummings, and guards Craig Hodges and Ricky Pierce. This was a homecoming for Johnson, as he grew up and attended high school just a few miles from the Clippers' home at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
The Clippers struggled to win. Johnson later said that playing for those losing Clippers teams "kind of wore you down and made you feel like you were kind of the JV team in Los Angeles." Being named the team captain by head coach Don Chaney, a fellow Louisianan, was one of the few things that kept him from demanding a trade. During a game in the 1986-87 season, Johnson suffered a neck injury, which effectively ended his career.
Johnson has five sons, Kris, Josiah, Joshua, Moriah and Cyrus.
Kris, like his father, played basketball at Crenshaw High and UCLA. Johnson and Kris are the first father-son combo to be honored as Los Angeles City Section 4-A Player of the Year.[note 1] They are also one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship and the only ones to accomplish it at the same school.[note 2]
Josiah also played basketball at UCLA, but later helped create the Comedy Central show, The Legends of Chamberlain Heights.
Johnson also has two daughters. Jasmine is an accomplished tennis player and Shiloh excels at golf and swimming.
Johnson's child, Marques Kevin Johnson Jr., was 15-months-old when he fell into the family swimming pool on May 15, 1987 and drowned.
As his playing career ended, Johnson got into the entertainment business, as he acted in small roles in many films, including White Men Can't Jump, Love and Action in Chicago, Blue Chips, and Forget Paris. Johnson is still actively enhancing his creative roots, writing screenplays and short stories.
Johnson was the early morning show co-host on the Clippers' flagship radio station, KFWB-AM in Los Angeles.