Vinnie Johnson is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He is a two-time NBA Champion, achieved when he played for the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons later retired Jersey Number 15 in his honor.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Vincent Johnson was born on September 1, 1956, in New York City, New York in the United States of America. He stands 188 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 91 kg. He played shooting guard and point guard.

After his career in the NBA, he went into private business and started Piston Automotive. He also became a member of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.88 m / 91 kg
Born 1 Sep 1956
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
222 san antonio spurs San Antonio 1991 - 1992
209 detroit pistons Detroit 1981 - 1991
Seattle SuperSonics Seattle SuperSonics 1979 - 1981

High School and College Career

Johnson attended Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. He later played collegiate basketball for the McLennan Community College from 1975 to 1977 before moving to play for Baylor. In 1979, he was named to the Second-team All-American.

Professional Career

Johnson joined the NBA in 1979, selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round as the 7th overall pick. He played with them through to 1981 when he signed with the Detroit Pistons.

In 1989 and 1990, he helped the Pistons win the NBA Championship. In 1991, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs, playing his last NBA season with them.

After he retired, the Pistons also retired Jersey Number 15 in his honor.

Career Highlights

  • 1989, 1990 - NBA champion
  • No. 15 retired by Detroit Pistons
  • 1979 - Second-team All-American – AP

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