Mavericks Sign Forward Ivan Johnson
- For Immediate Release
- July 29
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Ivan Johnson. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Johnson (6'8, 255) started all five games for the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 20.8 minu8tes per game.
Johnson spent the 2013-2014 season playing for the Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls in China, where he averaged 26.0 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 32.8 minutes per game in 24 games.
The 6'8 forward began his professional career in the NBA Development League in 2007-2008 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Anaheim Aresenal.
Johnson was signed by the Atlanta Hawks on December 9, 2011 after impressing the club in a 2011 mini-camp and earning an invite to training camp. He appeared in 56 games for Atlanta in 2011-2012 and averaged 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 72.0 perecent from the foul line. Johnson was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April. He ranked third among rookies in field goal percentage.
Johnson re-signed with Atlanta on September 18, 2012. He averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game in 69 games (five starts) for the Hawks in 2012-2013. Johnson holds career averages of 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes per game in 125 NBA games (five starts).
Johnson finished up his collegiate career at Cal State San Bernadino in 2006-2007, where he averaged 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the field. He earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association First Team honors as a senior and was named Second Team All-West Region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.