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Mickey Johnson : biography

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Wallace Edgar "Mickey" Johnson (born August 31, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American NBA basketball player.


Mickey Johnson is the uncle of journeyman NBA forward Linton Johnson.



A 6' 10" forward/center from tiny Aurora College, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth round of the 1974 NBA Draft. The Blazers immediately traded Johnson to the Chicago Bulls, with whom he averaged just 3.8 points per game as a rookie. Johnson quickly improved, however, and he moved into the Bulls' starting lineup during the middle of his second season. A versatile scorer and aggressive rebounder, he averaged 17.3 points and 10.2 rebounds in 1976–77; the following season, he averaged 18.3 points and 9.1 rebounds. In 1979, he signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers, averaging a career-high 19.1 points during his first and only season with that club. He also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors during his career, and he retired in 1986 with 12,748 career points and 6,465 career rebounds.

He later became the head men's basketball coach at Malcolm X College in Chicago.http://malcolmx.ccc.edu/athletics/bballMen/default.asp

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