One of the great point guards of the 90's, Kevin Johnson
could both score and distribute the ball. A very good player at the University of California, Johnson was drafted 7th by the Cavs in the 1987 draft. Stuck behind Mark Price, the Cavs unloaded Johnson to the Suns in a huge trade that also involved Larry Nance coming back to Cleveland. It is with Phoenix where Johnson made his impact. Johnson was one of the quickest guards in league history and could get to the hoop at any time getting a shot for himself or one of his teammates. He averaged 20 points and 10 assists in his first 3 seasons in Phoenix; something only two others have done (the others being HOFers Oscar Robertson and Isaiah Thomas). The Suns were serious title contenders throughout the mid 90's especially when they made the move to get Charles Barkley form Philly. Johnson gladly accepted the role of second fiddle to Barkley's huge personality. Close title runs marked this team, with the closest being a trip to the finals against eventual champion Chicago in 1993. Ironically that looks like what his legacy will be as far as getting into the Hall. Close but no cigar. Now the mayor of Sacramento , Johnson is the leading advocate for keeping the Kings in town.