Dennis Johnson

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Basketball Player
Date of Birth September 18, 1954
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California
Date of Death Feb 22, 2007 (52)
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Dennis Johnson

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
Nationality: American
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.

Before Fame

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.

Family Life

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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