Anthony Johnson

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Anthony Mark Johnson
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Anthony Johnson
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Nationality: American
Born: 10/2/1974
Birthplace: Charleston, SC
Draft: Second round
Drafted By: Sacramento
College: College Of Charleston
NBA Career: 1997-2010
Mavs Tenure: 2006-2007

Anthony Mark Johnson (born October 2, 1974 in Charleston, South Carolina) was acquired in a trade by the Dallas Mavericks, from the Indiana Pacers for Darrell Armstrong, Rawle Marshall and Josh Powell.

After leading Stall High School to the South Carolina AA football championship, he received a basketball scholarship at the College of Charleston, where his older brother Stephen was a standout years earlier. By his senior year, he developed into one of the top players in the now defunct Trans American Athletic Conference, named conference player of the year in 1997, while leading the College of Charleston to an NCAA basketball tournament first round victory over the University of Maryland at the Memphis regional.

He was the first player in College of Charleston history selected in the NBA draft, picked by the Sacramento Kings in the late second round. In the 1997-1998 season, he started 62 games, averaging 7.5 points per game. Over the next several seasons, he played with several different organizations and had a short 15-game stint with Mobile of the NBA D-League. He would later go on to become the first D-League player to participate in the NBA Finals. In the 2003-2004 season, he was signed by the Indiana Pacers, where he had a career resurgence, averaging nearly 22 minutes per game and scoring 6.5 points per game. Prior to the 2004-2005 season, the longtime NBA journeyman earned his first long term contract, a four-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Johnson drew a five-game suspension from the NBA as a result of his actions in the November 19, 2004 disturbance at The Palace of Auburn Hills, a brawl that broke out at the end of a game between the Pacers and Detroit Pistons.

During the 2004-2005 season, Pacers' starting point guard, Jamaal Tinsley, missed extended periods of time due to injury, which led to a starting role for Anthony Johnson during much to the latter half of that season.

In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, Johnson scored a career-high 40 points against Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets in Game 6 of the series. Despite his heroics, the Pacers lost 96-90, and the series 4-2 to the Nets.

In the 2006 offseason, Johnson was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard Darrell Armstrong, and forwards Josh Powell and Rawle Marshall. While with the Mavs, the 6'3 guard saw action in 40 games averaging 3.8 points.

On February 22, 2007, the Mavericks traded Anthony Johnson to Atlanta for the Hawks' second-round pick in the 2007 NBA draft. Almost exactly one year later, the Hawks sent Johnson to Sacramento for a package of Tyronn Lue, Shelden Williams and Lorenzen Wright.

On July 15, 2008, he signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic where, in 2008-2009, Johnson saw action in a game-high 80 games. His NBA career ended following the 2010 campaign after a career that included stops in Cleveland, New Jersey, Indiana, Dallas and two separate stints in Sacramento, Atlanta and Orlando.

Following his playing career, Johnson joined the New Orleans Pelicans as a scout, travelling the country evaluating players in the NBA, D-League and collegiate level.

Johnson was honored by his school, the College of Charleston, by retiring his #10 jersey.