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13. Kevin Johnson

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Kevin Johnson
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.

The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:

Point Guard

Played for:
Cleveland Cavaliers
Phoenix Suns


1st Round, 7th Overall in 1987

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA Most Improved Player (1988-89)
NBA All Star Teams (3) (1990, 1991 & 1994)
Second Team All NBA Selection (4) (1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 & 1993-94)
Third Team All NBA Selection (1) (1992-93)
Most Minutes Played: (1) (1996-97)
Highest Three Point Field Goal Percentage: (1) (1996-97)
Championship Rings: None

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (1) (1988-89)
Top Ten Finishes: Three Field Goal Percentage (1) (1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (5) (1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throw Percentage (2) (1988-89 & 1997-98)
Top Ten Finishes: Assists (6) (1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94 & 1996-97)
Top Ten Finishes: Steals (1) (1990-91)

Notable All Time Rankings:
18.  Assists: 6,711

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