Eddie Johnson is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. His NBA career took off with the Atlanta Hawks. He played in the Continental Basketball Association for the Tampa Bay Thrillers. As an NBA player, he was named an NBA All-Star twice. He was also named the CBA Newcomer of the Year in 1987.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Edward Lee Johnson Jr. was born on February 24, 1955, in Ocala, Florida in the United States. He died on October 26, 2020, in Milton, Florida. He stood 188 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 82 kg.
He is the older brother of Frank Johnson, a former NBA player, and coach. He is also the cousin of Tree Rollins, who played for the Atlanta Hawks.
|Height / weight||1.88 m / 82 kg|
|Born||24 Feb 1955|
|Death||26 Oct 2020 (65 years)|
|Playing Style||Right Handed|
|Tampa Bay Thrillers||1986 - 1987|
|Atlanta Hawks||1977 - 1986|
Off the court, Johnson struggled with drug abuse and had issues with his temper. He was also diagnosed with manic depression. In 2008, he was convicted of Sexual Battery of a Minor.
High School and College Career
He attended Lake Weir High School in Summerfield, Florida. While in High School, he was named to the First-team All-SEC from 1974 to 1976. Later, he committed to playing collegiate basketball for Auburn University from 1973–1977.
Johnson joined the NBA in 1977 and was selected 49th overall in the third round of the draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He played with the Hawks from 1977 to 1987. In his 10-year career with the team, he was named an NBA All-Star twice – the first time in 1980 and again in 1981. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1979 and 1980.
In 1986, he signed to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a year he considered to be a ‘waste’. In the 1986-1987 season, he moved from the NBA to the Continental Basketball Association and played for the Tampa Bay Thrillers. In 1987, he was named the CBA Newcomer of the Year and was also named to the All-CBA First Team.
In 1987, he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Johnson has a troubled career in the NBA and was known for his volatile nature. He endured a number of suspensions, the last one in 1987.
- 1980, 1981 - NBA All-Star
- 1979, 1980 - NBA All-DefensiveSecond Tea
- 1987 - All-CBA First Team
- 1987 - CBA Newcomer of the Year
- 1974–1976 - First-team All-SEC