Marques Johnson

Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player. The small forward played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1977–1989, where he was a five-time All-Star. He spent the majority of his career with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Johnson was a Los Angeles City Section player of the year in high school before attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins and won a national championship in 1975. In his senior year, he won multiple national player of the year awards. Johnson was the third overall pick in the 1977 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played seven seasons with Milwaukee before finishing his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. He is currently a basketball analyst for Fox Sports Net.

Marques Johnson
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Johnson with UCLA in 1976–77
Personal information
BornFebruary 8, 1956 (age 63)
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolCrenshaw (Los Angeles, California)
CollegeUCLA (1973–1977)
NBA draft1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1977–1990
PositionSmall forward
Career history
19771984Milwaukee Bucks
19841987Los Angeles Clippers
1989Golden State Warriors
1989–1990Fantoni Udine
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points13,892 (20.1 ppg)
Rebounds4,817 (7.0 rpg)
Assists2,502 (3.6 apg)
Stats at
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2013

Early life

Johnson was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana and raised in South Los Angeles, where he played high school basketball at Crenshaw High School in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, winning the Los Angeles City Section 4-A Division Player of the Year in 1973.[1]

College career

He later attended UCLA, and became an All-American player on its basketball teams, under Coach John Wooden and coach Gene Bartow.

In his sophomore season in 1974–75, Johnson helped to lead the Bruins to Coach John Wooden's 10th and final NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship. Wooden retired from coaching after the season, and Gene Bartow became the head coach. Johnson continued to excel, averaging 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his senior season and won the inaugural John R. Wooden Award in addition to the USBWA College Player of the Year as the nation's top collegiate basketball player. Johnson also majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.[2]

Professional career

Milwaukee Bucks (1977-1984)

Johnson was selected third overall in the 1977 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, coached by Don Nelson. Johnson helped lead Milwaukee to several division titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984).

In his second season in 1978–79, he was the NBA's third leading scorer (25.6 PPG), behind George Gervin (29.6) and Lloyd Free (28.8).

Johnson claims to have coined the term point forward, a position he played out of necessity in 1984. During the 1984 playoffs, Milwaukee became short on point guards due to injuries. Nelson instructed Johnson to set up the offense from his forward position. Johnson responded, "OK, so instead of a point guard, I'm a point forward".[3] Johnson and the Bucks reached as far as the Eastern Conference Finals twice, in 1983 and again in 1984.

Los Angeles Clippers (1984-1987)

In the 1984 off-season, Nelson — who was also Bucks general manager — traded Johnson, forward-guard Junior Bridgeman, forward Harvey Catchings and cash to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Terry Cummings, and guards Craig Hodges and Ricky Pierce. This was a homecoming for Johnson, as he grew up and attended high school just a few miles from the Clippers' home at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

The Clippers struggled to win. Johnson later said that playing for those losing Clippers teams "kind of wore you down and made you feel like you were kind of the JV team in Los Angeles." Being named the team captain by head coach Don Chaney, a fellow Louisianan, was one of the few things that kept him from demanding a trade.[4] During a game in the 1986–87 season, Johnson suffered a neck injury, which effectively ended his career.[5]

Golden State Warriors (1989)

Johnson made a brief comeback during the 1989–90 season,[6] playing only 10 games with the Warriors before retiring on December 27, 1989.[7]

Personal life

Johnson has five sons, Kris, Josiah, Joshua, Moriah and Cyrus.

Kris, like his father, played basketball at Crenshaw High and UCLA.[8] Johnson and Kris are the first father–son combo to be honored as Los Angeles City Section 4-A Player of the Year.[1][note 1] They are also one of four father-son duos to each win an NCAA basketball championship and the only ones to accomplish it at the same school.[note 2][10]

Josiah also played basketball at UCLA, but later helped create the Comedy Central show, The Legends of Chamberlain Heights.[11]

Josh played college basketball at Western Oregon State University.[12]

Moriah played basketball at Tuskegee University[13] and is an actor on the BET's Baldwin Hills.

Johnson also has two daughters. Jasmine is an accomplished tennis player and Shiloh excels at golf and swimming.

Johnson's child, Marques Kevin Johnson Jr., was 15-months-old when he fell into the family swimming pool on May 15, 1987 and drowned.[14]

Media career

As his playing career ended, Johnson got into the entertainment business, as he acted in small roles in many films, including White Men Can't Jump, Love and Action in Chicago, Blue Chips, and Forget Paris.Johnson is still actively enhancing his creative roots, writing screenplays and short stories.

Johnson was the early morning show co-host on the Clippers' flagship radio station, KFWB-AM in Los Angeles.

Johnson served a color analyst for the Seattle SuperSonics in the late 1990s. He was nationally on Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports 1 as a basketball analyst.

Since 2016, Johnson has worked as an analyst for Milwaukee Bucks telecasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Awards and honors

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

1977–78 Milwaukee 80 - 34.6 .522 - .736 10.6 2.4 1.2 1.3 19.5
1978–79 Milwaukee 77 - 36.1 .550 - .760 7.6 3.0 1.5 1.2 25.6
1979–80 Milwaukee 77 - 34.9 .544 .222 .791 7.4 3.5 1.3 .9 21.7
1980–81 Milwaukee 76 - 33.4 .552 .000 .706 6.8 4.6 1.5 .5 20.3
1981–82 Milwaukee 60 52 31.7 .532 .000 .700 6.1 3.6 1.0 .6 16.5
1982–83 Milwaukee 80 80 35.7 .509 .200 .735 7.0 4.5 1.3 .7 21.4
1983–84 Milwaukee 74 74 36.7 .502 .154 .709 6.5 4.3 1.6 .6 20.7
1984–85 L.A. Clippers 72 68 34.0 .452 .231 .731 5.9 3.4 1.0 .4 16.4
1985–86 L.A. Clippers 75 75 34.7 .510 .067 .760 5.5 3.8 1.4 .7 20.3
1986–87 L.A. Clippers 10 10 30.2 .439 .000 .714 3.3 2.8 1.2 .5 16.6
1989–90 Golden State 10 0 9.9 .375 .667 .824 1.7 .9 .0 .1 4.0
Career 691 359 34.3 .518 .152 .739 7.0 3.6 1.3 .8 20.1
All-Star 5 2 21.2 .314 .750 3.8 1.8 0.2 0.4 6.8


1978 Milwaukee 9 - 35.7 .549 - .750 12.4 3.4 1.1 1.9 24.0
1980 Milwaukee 7 - 43.3 .422 .333 .750 6.9 2.9 .7 .9 19.9
1981 Milwaukee 7 - 38.0 .556 .000 .719 9.4 4.9 1.4 1.0 24.7
1982 Milwaukee 6 - 39.2 .440 .250 .571 7.3 3.3 1.0 .3 18.8
1983 Milwaukee 9 - 42.4 .486 .000 .651 8.0 4.2 .9 .8 22.0
1984 Milwaukee 16 - 37.8 .473 .250 .722 5.3 3.4 1.1 .4 20.3
Career 54 - 39.1 .489 .231 .701 7.9 3.7 1.0 .8 21.5


  1. ^ Dwayne Polee (1981) and Dwayne Jr. (2010) also won the award.[9]
  2. ^ The others are Scott and Sean May, Henry and Mike Bibby, and Derek and Nolan Smith.


  1. ^ a b Waters, Sean; Lee, Kirby (March 28, 1993). "Johnson & Johnson Score a City 4-A First". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mixed emotions greet Hazzard at ceremony". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. February 3, 1996. p. 3B. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Aschburner, Steve (December 21, 2010). "LeBron a point forward? Well, he wouldn't be the first". Archived from the original on June 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Siegel, Alan (May 6, 2015). "What It Was Like To Play For The '80s Clippers, The Worst Team In Sports". Deadspin. Gawker Media. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Marques Johnson Facing Surgery". New York Times. March 24, 1987.
  6. ^ "Warrior Comeback". New York Times. October 8, 1989.
  7. ^ "Warriors Cut Johnson". New York Times. December 2, 1989.
  8. ^ Waters, Sean (September 12, 1993). "Crenshaw's Kris Johnson Commits to UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012.
  9. ^ Bolch, Ben (March 26, 2010). "For Dwayne Polee Jr., basketball wasn't always a slam dunk". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and a Crystal Ball Oliver Purnell Pursuing Greener Pastures Roy Halladay Deal Good for Baseball?". ESPN. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Adande, J.A. (April 2, 2003). "Howland Deal Near". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012.
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  15. ^ Steele, Ben (March 24, 2019). "Given a second chance, Bucks great Marques Johnson embraced Milwaukee. The 8 in the rafters shows the feeling is mutual". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on March 25, 2019. Retrieved March 25, 2019.

External links

1976 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1976 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1976–77 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 1976–77 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1976–77 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. In his second and final year as head coach, Gene Bartow and the Bruins began the season ranked fourth in the AP Poll and won the Pac-8 regular season with an 11–3 record. The Bruins were swept by Oregon, and also lost at Washington.

Ranked second and 23–4 overall, UCLA accepted a bid to the NCAA tournament; they defeated fourteenth-ranked Louisville in the first round in Pocatello, Idaho, and remained at second in the final poll. In the West Regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) at Provo, Utah, the Bruins were upset by a point by unranked Idaho State. Failing to make the Final Four broke a record streak of these appearances going back to 1966.Senior forward Marques Johnson was a consensus All-American.

1977 NBA draft

The 1977 NBA draft was the 31st annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 10, 1977, before the 1977–78 season. In this draft, 22 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Milwaukee Bucks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Kansas City Kings, who obtained the New York Nets first-round pick in a trade, were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. Before the draft, six college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule. These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier. Four former American Basketball Association (ABA) franchises who joined the NBA when both leagues merged, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, the New York Nets and the San Antonio Spurs, took part in the NBA Draft for the first time. Prior to the start of the season, the Nets relocated to New Jersey and became the New Jersey Nets. The draft consisted of 8 rounds comprising the selection of 170 players.

1977 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1977 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1977–78 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1977–78 NBA season was the Bucks' tenth season in the NBA. The Bucks had drafted Marques Johnson from UCLA in the 1977 NBA Draft.

1979–80 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1979–80 NBA season was the Bucks' 12th season in the NBA. With 49 wins and 33 loses they won their division and ranked fourth in the Western Conference. In the 1979 NBA Draft, the Bucks drafted guard Sidney Moncrief out of the University of Arkansas. During the season, the Bucks acquired center Bob Lanier from the Detroit Pistons. After a first-round-bye the Bucks faced the defending champions, the Seattle SuperSonics, which were led by Gus Williams and Dennis Johnson. Despite being able to steal two games on the road, the Bucks lost the series in seven games. The 1979-80 season would be the Bucks last season as a Western Conference team as they switched to the Eastern Conference along with the Chicago Bulls.

1980–81 Milwaukee Bucks season

The 1980–81 NBA season was the Bucks 13th season in the NBA. They finished with 60 wins and 22 losses, placing first in their division and second in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics. It was the Bucks' best regular season record since 1972–73, and their only 60-win season without Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on their roster until the 2018-19 season. The team's top scorer, fourth-year small forward Marques Johnson finished sixth the MVP voting.

1983 NBA All-Star Game

The 33rd National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 13, 1983, at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 132–123. The Most Valuable Player was Julius Erving. Billy Cunningham coached the Eastern Conference team. Pat Riley coached the Western Conference team. Both would be the coaches at the following summer's NBA Finals.

The game was most notable for Marvin Gaye singing a soulful, drum machine-accompanied version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game. This rendition gained newfound fame in 2008 when Nike used it in a video promoting the United States men's national basketball team. The colors were by the Edwards Air Force Base color guard, carrying the American, California, and Air Force flags.

1986 NBA All-Star Game

The 36th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 9, 1986, at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The coaches were K.C. Jones for the East, and Pat Riley for the West.

Belize national basketball team

The Belize national basketball team is the official national representative of Belize in international men's basketball, playing in the FIBA Americas division, and more specifically, within the Central American region.

Crenshaw High School

Crenshaw High School is a four-year public secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located on 11th Avenue in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, California.

The school first opened in 1968 and currently enrolls around 1,400 students.

Forget Paris

Forget Paris is a 1995 American romantic comedy film produced, directed, co-written by and starring Billy Crystal as an NBA referee and Debra Winger as an independent working woman whose lives are interrupted by love and marriage.

It also stars Joe Mantegna, Julie Kavner, Cynthia Stevenson, Richard Masur, Cathy Moriarty and John Spencer. A number of professional basketball players, present and past, appear as themselves.

Junior Bridgeman

Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman (born September 17, 1953) is an American businessman and former professional basketball player.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and play at the Fiserv Forum. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month later on May 16. The team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017.

The Bucks have won one league title (1971), two conference titles (1971 and 1974), and 14 division titles (1971–1974, 1976, 1980–1986, 2001, 2019). They have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Jon McGlocklin, Marques Johnson, and Brian Winters.

Milwaukee Bucks accomplishments and records

This page details the all-time statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Point forward

Point forward is a nontraditional position in basketball, with a small forward - or sometimes a power forward or combo forward - adding the responsibilities of point guard to their play.

UCLA Bruins men's basketball

The UCLA Bruins men's basketball program represents the University of California, Los Angeles in the sport of men's basketball as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Established in 1919, the program has won a record 11 NCAA titles. Coach John Wooden led the Bruins to 10 national titles in 12 seasons, from 1964 to 1975, including seven straight from 1967 to 1973. UCLA went undefeated a record four times (1964, 1967, 1972, and 1973). Coach Jim Harrick led the team to another NCAA title in 1995. Former coach Ben Howland led UCLA to three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006 to 2008. As a member of the AAWU, Pacific-8 and then Pacific-10, UCLA set a NCAA Division I record with 13 consecutive regular season conference titles between 1967 and 1979 which stood until passed by Kansas in 2018.

UCLA Bruins men's basketball retired numbers

The men's college basketball program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was founded in 1920 and is known competitively as the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins have won 11 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championships, the most of any school. UCLA players have been assigned jersey numbers ranging from 0 to 78 in the team's history. The school no longer issues 10 retired numbers in honor of former players. To qualify, a player must have been a three-time consensus All-American, a consensus national player of the year, or been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The retired numbers are displayed in the rafters of the Bruins' home arena, Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's legendary coach John Wooden generally opposed having numbers retired.

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