Johnny Newman (born November 27, 1963 in Danville, Virginia) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on November 27, 2001.
Newman attended the University of Richmond where he led the Spiders in scoring all four years he was there and to the NCAA Tournament in two of those seasons. A three-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, he finished his career as Richmond's all-time leader in points with 2,383 and free throw percentage at 89.5 percent.
A three-time all conference selection, Newman was the conference's Player of the Year in 1984 and was selected to eight different all-tournament teams during his tenure at Richmond. He was honored by the school when he was selected to the Spiders' Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the class of 1991-1992.
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Newman in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft as part of one of the franchise's most successful draft classes ever. The group included Mark Price, Ron Harper and Brad Daugherty. Newman rode the bench much of his rookie season appearing in only 59 games and averaging 5.0 ppg.
He signed with the New York Knicks the following season and along with Patrick Ewing, helped lead New York to the NBA playoffs for three straight seasons averaging double figures in points all three years.
Newman signed with the Charlotte Hornets on July 28, 1990 and led the team in scoring with a 16.9 ppg average (the best single season average of his career) his first season there.
The 6'7 forward played in Charlotte for just over three seasons before being traded to the New Jersey Nets in the middle of the 1993-94 campaign. Upon joining the Nets, he averaged 9.5 ppg and helped the Nets to the playoffs.
During the offseason, Newman signed a free agent deal with the Milwaukee Bucks where, in his three seasons there, he never missed a game playing in all 82 contests in each season. His scoring average began to decline a bit seeing double figures only once in '95-'96 at 10.8 ppg. The Bucks traded Newman, in the 1997 offseason, along with Joe Wolf and Danny Fortson to Denver for Ervin Johnson.
His one season in Denver provided a bit of a comeback as, appearing in 74 games, his scoring average rose to 14.7 ppg which was the highest it had been since his second season in Charlotte. He followed his single season in Denver with a single season in Cleveland before being traded back to, his former team, the New Jersey Nets.
In two seasons with the Nets he again appeared in every game boasting a high scoring average of 10.9 points in 2000-2001. After those two seasons, Newman was traded to Phoenix as part of a deal involving Jason Kidd. The Suns, however, waived him just prior to training camp.
Newman inked a one-year deal with the Mavericks on November 27, 2001 and saw action in 47 games. He averaged 4.2 points, one rebound and a .724 free throw percentage in just over 15.4 minutes of action each night and helped Dallas to the playoffs that season. He completed his contract after the playoffs and retired shortly thereafter.