Retired Numbers: Gus Johnson





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  • #25 Gus Johnson
    Gus Johnson, one of only four players in franchise history to have his jersey retired, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2010. Johnson, a native of Akron, Ohio was a devastating force at the power forward position. Johnson's ability to score, pass and rebound made the Baltimore Bullets a perennial title contender from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s. Johnson, who entered the league following one year at University of Idaho in 1963, spent nine of his 11 pro seasons with the Bullets. Nicknamed "Honeycomb" for his sweet play, Johnson was a four-time All-NBA Second Team selection (1965, '66, '70, '71), a two-time All-Defensive First Team selection (1970, '71), and was a member of the 1964 NBA All-Rookie team. With Johnson on the roster, the Bullets reached the playoffs six times and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1970-71 (4-0 loss to Milwaukee). Statistically, Johnson averaged a double-double (17.1 ppg and 12.7 rpg) in 581 career NBA games. The Washington Bullets retired his jersey number 25 in 1986. On April 29, 1987, Johnson passed away after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.


    Bio
    Name: Gus Johnson
    Born: December 13, 1938 in Akron, OH
    Height: 6-6 Weight: 230lbs.
    College: University of Idaho
    Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets, 1963
    Nickname: Honeycomb
    Honors: Five-time NBA All-Star (1965, '68, '69, '70, '71); Four-time All-NBA Second Team (1965, '66, '70, '71); Two-time All-Defensive First Team (1970, '71); 1964 NBA All-Rookie Team

    Franchise Records
    6th all-time in games played - 561
    5th all-time in points- 9,781
    3rd all-time in minutes played- 19,723
    4th all-time in field goals made- 4,057
    3rd all-time in rebounds - 7,243
    3rd all time in rebounding average - 12.9

    Franchise Playoff Records
    10th all-time in points scored - 452
    3rd all-time in rebounds - 330

    CAREER STATS AS A BULLET
    YEAR
    G
    MIN
    PTS
    PPG
    FGM
    FGA
    PCT
    FTM
    FTA
    PCT
    REB
    RPG
    AST
    APG
    1963-64
    78
    2847
    1352
    17.3
    571
    1,329
    .430
    210
    219
    .658
    1064
    13.6
    169
    2.2
    1964-65
    76
    2899
    1,415
    18.6
    577
    1,379
    .418
    261
    386
    .676
    988
    13.0
    270
    3.6
    1965-66
    41
    1284
    677
    16.5
    273
    661
    .413
    131
    178
    .736
    546
    13.3
    114
    2.8
    1966-67
    73
    2626
    1511
    20.7
    620
    1377
    .450
    271
    383
    .708
    855
    11.7
    194
    2.7
    1967-68
    60
    2271
    1,144
    19.1
    482
    1033
    .467
    180
    270
    .667
    702
    13.0
    159
    2.7
    1968-69
    49
    1671
    878
    17.9
    359
    782
    .459
    160
    223
    .717
    568
    11.6
    97
    2.0
    1969-70
    78
    2919
    1353
    17.3
    578
    1,282
    .451
    197
    272
    .724
    1086
    13.9
    264
    3.4
    1970-71
    66
    2,538
    1,202
    18.2
    494
    1,090
    .453
    214
    290
    .738
    1128
    17.1
    192
    2.9
    1971-72
    39
    668
    249
    6.4
    103
    269
    .383
    43
    63
    .683
    226
    5.8
    51
    1.3
    Totals
    561
    19723
    9781
    17.4
    4057
    9202
    .441
    1,607
    2,384
    .699
    7243
    12.9
    1510
    2.7

    PLAYOFF STATS AS A BULLET
    YEAR
    G
    MIN
    PTS
    PPG
    FGM
    FGA
    PCT
    FTM
    FTA
    PCT
    REB
    RPG
    AST
    APG
    1964-65
    10
    377
    158
    15.8
    62
    173
    .358
    34
    46
    .739
    111
    11.1
    34
    3.4
    1965-66
    1
    8
    2
    2.0
    1
    4
    .250
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    1968-69
    7
    298
    129
    18.4
    51
    111
    .459
    27
    34
    .794
    80
    11.4
    9
    1.3
    1969-70
    11
    365
    143
    13.0
    54
    128
    .422
    35
    47
    .745
    114
    10.4
    30
    2.7
    1970-71
    5
    77
    20
    4
    9
    30
    .300
    2
    2
    1.000
    25
    5.0
    3
    0.6
    Totals
    34
    1125
    452
    13.3
    177
    446
    .397
    98
    129
    .760
    330
    9.7
    76
    2.2

    Quotes on Johnson
    Earl Monroe
    "Gus was ahead of his time, flying through the air for slam dunks, breaking backboards and throwing full-court passes behind his back. He was spectacular, but he also did the nitty gritty jobs, defense and rebounding. With all the guys in the Hall of Game, Gus deserves to be there already."

    Abe Pollin
    "I first saw Gus on television...I had never seen a player dominate a game so. Gus was the Dr. J of his time and anyone that ever had the privilege to see him play will never forget what a great basketball player Gus Johson was."

    Dave DeBusschere
    ''Gus was probably one of the roughest players I have ever played against. He was not a dirty player. He was one of the most tenacious competitors ever to play the game.''