Completed his first season in Minnesota... Started the final 13 games of the regular season... The Wolves were 37-10 with him in the starting lineup... Wolves were also 16-1 when he played 20+ minutes... Averaged 3.5 rpg and a career-low 1.9 rpg, but shot 53.4% from the floor... Appeared in 66 games overall, drawing 13 DNP-CDs and missing three due to personal reasons... Posted a season-high three steals March 29 at Houston... Netted eight points and eight boards in 29 minutes March 23 vs. San Antonio... Tied his season high with 10 points Jan. 10 vs. Miami... Chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds Jan. 2 vs. Atlanta, going 5-for-6 from the field... A perfect 3-for-3 from the field (for eight points overall) March 23 vs. San Antonio... Grabbed nine rebounds Dec. 16 vs. Houston... The Jan. 26 contest at Denver was the 750th of his career... Passed the 16,000-minute mark for his career Jan. 21 at Toronto... Started the first 16 playoff contests and came off the bench for the final two... His four assists in Game 3 at Sacramento represent a playoff career high... His 11 rebounds in Game 2 vs. Sacramento are a season best, regular season or playoffs... Played a season-high 37 minutes in Game 4 at Denver, one of just four times he logged 30+ minutes during the year... Minnesota was 6-0 in the postseason when he played 24+ minutes... Acquired by the Wolves
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Averaged 2.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 17.0 mpg in 69 contests (started 17) for the Milwaukee Bucks... Posted his lone double-double of the season with a season-high 12 points and 10 rebounds Jan. 18 vs. Boston... Grabbed double digits in rebounds on four occasions, including a season-high 13 caroms and four blocks March 31 at Miami... Recorded his 3,000th board in a Bucks uniform April 2 vs. Houston... Bucks were 12-5 when he had two or more blocks... Tallied eight points and eight rebounds in his first professional game in his native New Orleans on Jan. 27... Did not miss a game to injury for the third straight season (13 DNP-CDs).
Team co-captain...grabbed 18 rebounds vs. New Jersey on Dec. 8, his best effort in nearly four years...scored a season-high 10 points on three occasions (1/29, 4/12, 4/17)...missed one game (Mar. 26) as a DNP-CD, ending a streak of 171 consecutive games in which he had played...Johnson has missed only four of a possible 378 games since joining the Bucks...rose to #3 on the Bucks all-time shots blocked list (521) this season, passing Marques Johnson, Randy Breuer and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...Bucks were 9-2 when Johnson grabbed 10 or more rebounds this season...Bucks were 6-3 when Johnson blocked three or more shots in a game...scored career point 3,000 on Feb. 2 vs. Philadelphia...over his final four games, averaged 7.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg and shot 62.5 percent from the field.
The Bucks team Captain was one of three Bucks to appear in all 82 games (Allen and Hunter are the other two)...made 19 starts and averaged 3.2 points and team-highs of 7.5 rebounds and 1.18 blocks per game - it was the fourth consecutive year in which he paced the club in both rebounding and blocked shots...shot a career-high 54.5 percent from the field, but made jsut 53.8 percent from the foul line (career-low)...had 20 double-digit rebounding games, including a season-high 15 vs. Golden State (2/25)...ranks sixth and fourth, respectively, on the Bucks All-Time list in blocked shots (439) and field goal percentage (.530)...played in his 500th career game on 12/3 vs. Indiana. 2001 Playoffs: Started in 10 of his 18 appearances, leading the team in rebounding (10.8), field goal percentage (.574) and blocked shots (2.06)...set a playoff career-high in rebounds (17) vs. Philadelphia (5/28); free throws (8) and free throw attempts (10) at Orlando (5/1) and assists (3) vs. Charlotte (5/6)...grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 of 18 playoff games.
Notched 12 points and 15 boards in a 112-104 win over Sacramento on 1/26...Posted 13 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 124-120 OT loss in Philadelphia on 1/3...Snared a team-high 14 boards in a 94-91 win in San Antonio on 12/23...Scored 15 points and grabbed 6 boards in a 103-97 win over Dallas on 12/5
Averaged 5.1 points and team-highs in rebounds (6.4) and blocked shots (1.14) in 20.5 minutes per contest...was one of three Bucks to play in all 50 games (Ray Allen and Michael Curry were the other two)…led the Bucks in total rebounds (320), offensive rebounds (120), personal fouls (151) and blocked shots (57)…posted a season-high 12 points vs. Detroit (4/30) and vs. Charlotte (3/21) and grabbed a season-best 14 boards vs. New York (3/5)… grabbed his 2,500th career rebound at Chicago (2/23). 1999 Playoffs: Appeared in all three playoff games, starting Games Two and Three…played 30.7 minutes per contest and averaged 4.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and a team-high 1.67 blocked shots…tied a career playoff-high with three blocks on 5/11…played a career playoff-high 44 minutes in Game Two.
Averaged 8.0 points, 8.5 rebounds (19th in the NBA) and a team-high 1.95 blocked shots in 27.9 minutes per contest...started 81 games for the Bucks, missing one game (11/6 vs. Philadelphia) because of back spasms...his 158 blocks led the team...recorded 16 double-doubles (points and rebounds), including 11 over his last 19 games…posted a season-high 24 points vs. Toronto (4/7) and vs. New Jersey (4/11)...grabbed a season-best 21 boards vs. L.A. Clippers (1/12)...made a career-high eight free throws vs. New Jersey (11/1)...tied a career-high with 10 field goals vs. Toronto (4/7) and vs. New Jersey (4/11)...dished a career-high five assists vs. Charlotte (12/4)...tied a career-high four steals at Minnesota (2/1) and vs. New Jersey (4/11) ...blocked a career-high tying eight shots vs. Toronto (4/7) ...his 20 points and 21 rebounds vs. L.A. Clippers (1/12) was the second 20/20 game of his career...his 21 rebounds were the most for a Buck since Armen Gilliam's 22 rebounds vs. Phoenix (11/12/96).
Johnson enjoyed a breaktrhough season in his only year with the Nuggets, where he replaced Dikembe Mutombo, who had left Denver for Atlanta as a veteran free agent....He was one of only two Denver players, with Dale Ellis, to play all 82 games, and the only one to start every game...Playing 2,599 minutes, which nearly matched his total for the three previous seasons, Johnson ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding at 11.1 rpg and fifth in the league in shotblocking at 2.77 bpg...He also averaged 7.1 ppg and 0.79 spg and shot .520 from the field, all career highs...Johnson grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds, a franchise record for a non-overtime game, in 100-95 win at Dallas in the season finale on April 19...He also had a season-high 21 points in that game, becoming only the eighth player in Nuggets history to post a 20-20 game...He had nine points and 14 rebounds in the fourth quarter alone...Two nights earlier, in a 108-104 loss to Seattle, he had 16 points, 15 rebounds and a four assists in 48 minutes, matching his career-highs in the latter two categories...Johnson reached double figures in rebounds 47 times, including 40 of the last 57 games, and posted 17 double-doubles for the season...He set a franchise record for a non-overtime game with 22 defensive rebounds in a 95-79 win over Sacramento on Dec. 18. The 22 defensive rebounds were the second-most in the NBA this season...Johnson, whose 227 blocked shots surpassed his total of 218 for his first three NBA seasons, has started 125 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak in the NBA...
Johnson continued to develop into a solid NBA center in 1995-96, his third season with Seattle...He played in 81 games and started 60 of them, averaging 5.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.59 blocked shots in 18.8 minutes per game.... All were career highs, as were his shooting percentages of .511 from the field and .669 from the free throw line...He ranked 18th in the NBA in blocked shots, one notch behind Seattle teammate Shawn Kemp...Johnson scored a career-high 28 points, with 12 rebounds, against Minnesota on Feb. 14, and blocked a career high six shots against Philadelphia on March 23...He posted a season-high 13 rebounds three times, against Boston on Dec. 29, against New Jersey on March 2 and against Portland on April 17...He played and started in the Sonics' first 18 playoff games, averaging 3.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.83 blocked shots in 14.1 minutes per game...But his playing time dropped off in the NBA Finals against Chicago as the Sonics sought to get more scoring from the pivot position, and he logged only 20 minutes in the first three games, including three minutes in Game 3...He spoke up about the lack of playing time, and found himself benched as a DNP-CD for the final three games of the championship series...After the season Seattle renounced its rights to Johnson and he signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets...
Johnson was probably the most improved player on the Seattle SuperSonics roster in 1994-95...As a rookie the previous season he had been used mostly as a deep reserve, but in 1994-95 he took on an increasingly important role for the team, becoming the squad's starting center in the campaign's final stretch...He started 30 games and contributed 3.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.05 blocks per contest while shooting .443 from the field...Seattle was 23-7 in games he started for a .766 winning percentage...The team had a .695 winning mark overall...An energetic, mobile center, Johnson matched the team's fast-paced style and emerged as the first shotblocking center in Seattle in several years...On a team that boasted three All-Stars (Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, and Detlef Schrempf), Johnson wasn't needed to score and seemed comfortable in his role...Most of Johnson's best performances came in the latter part of the season...He recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks on April 8...He hauled down 14 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 19 to tie a career high, and he swatted away 5 shots against the Denver Nuggets on April 6...Johnson played a reduced role in Seattle's first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, often yielding to veteran Sam Perkins...
Ervin Johnson shares his name with one of the most celebrated figures in NBA history, but the two players couldn't be more different...Earvin "Magic" Johnson was a guard; Ervin Johnson is a 6-foot-11 center...Earvin had a storied high school career and an even more acclaimed college career...Ervin did not even play high school basketball-he spent more than two years bagging groceries, then finally enrolled at the University of New Orleans in 1988 at age 20...Earvin spent two years at Michigan State before becoming, at age 19, the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft...Ervin spent five years at New Orleans before becoming, at age 25, the 23rd overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft.
...However, the younger Johnson has begun to create his own identity. At New Orleans, he made steady progress each year, until as a senior he averaged 18.4 points and 11.9 rebounds while shooting .619 from the floor. Considered a raw but promising NBA prospect, Johnson was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics, a team that could afford to be patient with his development...During his rookie season in the NBA, Johnson was only called upon to play in 45 games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game...He spent most of the year learning from teammates such as Shawn Kemp, Sam Perkins, Detlef Schrempf, and Michael Cage...The Sonics finished with the NBA's best record at 63-19 but lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs...Johnson saw action in two first-round games and went scoreless in 8 minutes...
He enrolled at the University of New Orleans and set a Sun Belt Conference record for blocked shots by a freshman with 62...He was an all-conference selection in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and as a senior earned a UPI Third-Team All-America selection with averages of 18.4 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per contest...He led the Privateers to an 18-0 record in the Sun Belt that year, ranking sixth in the nation in rebounding, 18th in field goal percentage and 19th in blocked shots...Johnson finished as the school's all-time leader in rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage...In four seasons at New Orleans he never shot below .572 from the floor...