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Marques Johnson
Born February 8, 1956 (1956-02-08) (age 54)
Nachitoches, Louisiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 218 lb (99 kg)
College UCLA
Draft 3rd overall, 1977
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1977–1990
Former teams Milwaukee Bucks (1977 – 1984)
Los Angeles Clippers (1984 – 1987)
Golden State Warriors (1989 – 1990)
Awards 5-Time NBA All-Star

Marques Kevin Johnson (born February 8, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks (1977-84), Los Angeles Clippers (1984-87), and Golden State Warriors (1989-90).

Johnson was born in Nachitoches, Louisiana and raised in south Los Angeles, where he attended and graduated from Crenshaw High School, a school well-known for its athletics, especially in basketball. He later attended UCLA, and became a star player on its basketball teams, under the guidance of legendary coach John Wooden. In his sophomore year in college (1974-75), Johnson helped to lead the Bruins to what was Coach Wooden's 10th and final NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship. Wooden retired from coaching the following season, and Gene Bartow became the UCLA men's basketball head coach, and Johnson continued to excel, including averaging 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his senior season (1976-77), and went on to win the first John R. Wooden Award and USBWA College Player of the Year as the nation's collegiate basketball player of the year. Johnson also majored in Theater Arts at UCLA.

In 1977, Johnson was selected 3rd overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, who were coached by Don Nelson, who also served as the team's general manager. Considered one of the best small forwards in the NBA, Johnson helped to lead Milwaukee to several division titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984), and in his second season (1978-79), he was the NBA's third leading scorer (25.6 PPG), just behind George Gervin (29.6 PPG) and Lloyd Free (28.8 PPG).Johnson coined the term "Point Forward", a position he played out of necessity in 1983. One by one, the Bucks' point guards got hurt and couldn't play in the playoffs. Don Nelson instructed Johnson to set up the offense from his forward position. Johnson remarked," so instead of a point guard, I am a point forward". However, during his time in Milwaukee (the Bucks moved into the Eastern Conference in the 1980-81 season), his Bucks teams would never make the NBA finals, getting as far as the Eastern Conference Finals twice, in 1983 and again in 1984. At one time in the 80's Johnson was considered the best Forward in the NBA by coaches and peers.

In the 1984 offseason, a bold move was made by Nelson, the Bucks traded Johnson, forward-guard Junior Bridgeman, and forward Harvey Catchings and cash to the newly-relocated Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Terry Cummings, and guards Craig Hodges and Ricky Pierce. This was a homecoming for Johnson, as he grew up and attended high school just a few miles from the Clippers' then-new home, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

As Marques Johnson was accustomed to winning in high school, college, and with the Bucks, his return back to Los Angeles wasn't as glorious, as the Clippers struggled to win, and during a game in the 1986-87 season, Johnson suffered a neck injury, which effectively ended his career. Johnson made a brief comeback during the 1989-90 season, playing only 10 games with the Warriors before retiring for good.

As his playing career ended, Johnson got into the entertainment business, as he acted in small roles in many films, including White Men Can't Jump, Love and Action in Chicago, Blue Chips, and Forget Paris. For a while, Johnson served a color commentator for the Seattle SuperSonics in the late 1990s and is regularly seen nationally on Fox Sports Net as a basketball analyst. Johnson is still actively enhancing his creative roots, writing screenplays and short stories. He has five sons, Kris, Josiah, Joshua, Moriah and Cyrus. The eldest Kris is a studio analyst for and Fox Sports Net. Kris followed his fathers footsteps and attended UCLA on a basketball scholarship. He was a member of the 1995 National Championship team that beat Arkansas in the Final. Kris finished his UCLA career as the 25th leading scorer in UCLA history, the only father and son in NCAA history to accomplish that feat(major colleges). Kris went on to play professionally in the CBA and internationally, and retired from the playing in 2005. Marques and Kris Johnson remain the only father and son in the history of collegiate basketball, to win a national championship at the same school. Moriah is a star on the BET's Baldwin Hills.

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Preceded by
Scott May
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
Succeeded by
Butch Lee
Preceded by
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
Phil Ford


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