Dennis Wayne Johnson, nicknamed "DJ", was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics and coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. He was an alumnus of Dominguez High School, Los Angeles Harbor College and Pepperdine University. A prototypical late bloomer, Johnson overcame early struggles and had a successful NBA playing career. Drafted 29th overall in 1976 by the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson began his professional career as a shooting guard. He eventually led the Sonics to their only NBA championship in 1979, winning the Finals MVP Award. After a short stint with the Phoenix Suns, he became the starting point guard for the Boston Celtics, with whom he won two more championships. Johnson was voted into five All-Star Teams, one All-NBA First and one Second Team, and nine consecutive All-Defensive First and Second Teams.
|Born:||September 18, 1954, San Pedro, California|
|Died:||February 22, 2007, Austin, Texas|
|Listed height:||6 ft 4 in|
|Listed weight:||185 lb|
|High school:||Dominguez (Compton, California)|
|College:||LA Harbor College (1972–1975), Pepperdine (1975–1976)|
|NBA draft:||Round: 2 / Pick: 29, Seattle SuperSonics|
About Dennis Johnson
Hall of Fame guard who led the Seattle SuperSonics to their only NBA Championship in 1979. He won two more NBA Championships as a member of the Boston Celtics in the 1980s and he was selected to five NBA All-Star teams over the course of his 14-year career.
He worked as a forklift driver until a growth spurt allowed him to pursue basketball. After spending a season with Pepperdine's basketball team, he was selected 29th overall by the SuperSonics in 1976.
His #3 jersey was retired by the Boston Celtics and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
He married Donna Davis in 1976 and stayed with her until his death; they had three children together.
He played alongside fellow Hall of Famer Larry Bird on the Celtics in the 1980s.
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