When the 2000 NBA Draft rolled around, probably no player grabbed as much attention for his versatile game as DerMarr Johnson.
The 6-foot-9 swingman received McDonald’s All-American, Parade Magazine and USA Today All-American honors as a Senior in 1999 and after spending one season at the University of Cincinnati, the Atlanta Hawks made him the 6th overall selection in the NBA Draft. Two seasons later, Johnson’s career was nearly derailed after a car accident sidelined him for the 2002-03 season. His comeback story began during the 2003 season with the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets. In 2004-05, Johnson played in 71 games for Denver and averaged 7.1 points on 49.9 percent field goal shooting. After stints in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros, Johnson signed with the San Antonio Spurs before jumping overseas to play in China, Lebanon, Colombia and the Philippines.
Pro Career: Atlanta Hawks (2000-02), Long Beach Jam (2003), New York Knicks (2003-04), Denver Nuggets (2004-07), Treviso/Italy (2007), Austin Toros (2007), San Antonio (2007-08), China (2009-10), Puerto Rico (2010), Lebanon (2010-11), Colombia (2011), Argentina (2012-13), Venezuela (2013-14), Mexico (2014)
Career Highlights & Awards
Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2000)
Affiliations: In 2014, DerMarr Johnson joined NBA Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson for an ”All In” fundraising event in Manila.
Post Pro Career: DerMarr Johnson was added to the coaching staff at Cincinnati as a student assistant in 2017.
- DerMarr Johnson averaged 26.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists at Maine Central Institute in 1998-99 prior to becoming a Bearcat
- Johnson competes for Team City of Gods in The Basketball Tournament
- Averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds during the 1999-2000 campaign at Cincinnati