Former College of Charleston Standout Becomes NBDL's First Player Signed to an NBA 10-Day Contract
NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2002
– Anthony Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard for the Mobile (Ala.) Revelers, has signed a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets, making him the first player to sign a 10-Day Contract with an NBA team this season, and the third player “called up” to the NBA from the National Basketball Development League since the league launched on November 16, 2001.
Johnson, who was signed by the Revelers on December 7, 2001, averaged 11.9 ppg on .462 shooting with 2.9 apg and 3.1 rpg over 26.3 mpg in 15 games (13 starts). He ranked second in the NBDL in steals averaging 2.10 spg and recorded a league-high six steals against Fayetteville on December 18.
Johnson was drafted 40th overall out of the College of Charleston by Sacramento Kings in the 1997 NBA Draft. He played in 77 games with the Kings during the 1997-98 season averaging 7.5 ppg on .371 shooting along with 4.3 apg and 2.2 rpg. The Atlanta Hawks signed Johnson as a free agent on January 21, 1999. He played 49 games with the Hawks during the 1998-99 season, averaging 5.0 ppg, 2.2 apg and 1.5 rpg. He began the 1999-2000 NBA season with the Hawks and was traded to the Orlando Magic on February 24, 2000 for a conditional second-round draft choice. Johnson finished the 1999-2000 season averaging 2.8 ppg and 1.3 apg over 56 games.
Chris Andersen, a 6-foot-10, power forward for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Patriots and the NBDL’s number one overall draft selection, was the league’s first player “called-up” to the NBA when he signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets on November 21, 2001. Jason Hart, a 6-foot-3 point guard for the Asheville (N.C.) Altitude was the league’s second player “called-up” to the NBA when he signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs on December 19, 2001.
The National Basketball Development League tipped off its inaugural season on November 16, 2001. The Fayetteville Patriots (N.C.), North Charleston Lowgators (S.C.), Huntsville Flight (Ala.), Mobile Revelers (Ala.), Roanoke Dazzle (Va.), Columbus Riverdragons (Ga.), Greenville Groove (S.C.), and Asheville Altitude (N.C.) will compete in a 56-game regular season schedule that runs from mid-November through March, followed by playoffs. A total of 24 games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN, and 19 games will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports Net South.
Designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally, the NBDL offers players the opportunity to develop their talent in a highly competitive atmosphere under the NBA’s umbrella. In addition to being a source of on-court talent for the NBA’s 29 teams, the NBDL will also serve as a diverse human resources pool for the NBA and its teams by training employees in management, operations, public relations, sales and marketing positions in each NBDL city.
NBDL players must be 20 years of age or older to play in the league. NBDL teams do not have a direct affiliation with specific NBA teams. Development league players are eligible to play for any NBA team.