Backup Point Guard for the Dallas Mavericks.
Anthony Mark Johnson (born October 2, 1974 in Charleston, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Johnson is a 6'3" (1.91 m) point guard.
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 the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New Jersey Nets. 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 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.