Anthony Johnson2002-03 Playoff Stats: 17 G, 0 GS, 2.5 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.0 BPG, .548 FG%, .500 3P%, .833 FT%, 13.9 PER
NBA journeyman Anthony Johnson spent two years on the Nets roster, with the Nets making the NBA finals both season. The Nets failed to re-sign the seldom used guard in the 2003 off-season, and the franchise hasn’t been back to the finals since #CurseofAJ. Johnson would go on to play nine more seasons in the NBA with the Pacers, Mavs, Hawks, King s and finally Magic, with whom he played in the 2009 NBA Finals.
As a member of the Pacers in 2004, Johnson received a five game suspension for his role in the “Malice at the Palace.” He also exacted revenge on New Jersey as a Pacer in the first round of the 2006 Playoffs, scorching the Nets for a career-high 40 points in Game 6. The Nets, however, had the last laugh, defeating Indiana 96-92 to take the series 4-2.
Johnson holds the distinctions of being the first player in College of Charleston history to be drafted into the NBA and the First D-League Player to ever play in an NBA Finals. AJ had THREE separate stints with the Hawks (99-00; 01; 06-08) as well as two separate stints with the Kings (97-98; 08) and Magic (99-00; 08-10).
Jealous of Jason Collins having a twin, Anthony Johnson spread the rumor that he and former Net Trenton Hassell are twins (ed. note: conjecture).
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