Nicholas "Nick" Johnson (born December 22, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Arizona.

High school career

Johnson attended Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona from 2007 to 2009, before transferring to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his junior year. As a junior in 2009–10, he averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as he led Findlay to a 32-2 record. [2]

In November 2010, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Arizona. [3]

As a senior in 2010–11, he averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game as he led Findlay to a 28-4 record. He was ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the country and the No. 8 shooting guard by Rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 96 by ESPN.com. He went on to be named a Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team selection. [2]

College career

In his freshman season at Arizona, Johnson was named to the 2012 Pac-12 All-Freshman team. In 35 games, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.1 minutes per game. [2] [4]

In his sophomore season, he earned honorable mention Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honors. At the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, he averaged a team-best 14.0 points to go with 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. In 35 games, he averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 31.4 minutes per game. [2] [4]

In his junior season, he earned first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Defensive team honors, as well as being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. [6] He finished his career ranked 24th on UA’s scoring list with 1,333 points. In 38 games, he averaged 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.1 minutes per game. [2] [4]

On April 15, 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility. [7]

Professional career

On June 26, 2014, Johnson was selected with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. [8] [9] On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Rockets after averaging 12.5 points per game during the 2014 NBA Summer League. [10] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. [11]

On July 20, 2015, the Rockets traded Johnson, Joey Dorsey, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a 2016 first round draft pick, and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second round draft pick. [12] On October 24, 2015, he was waived by the Nuggets after appearing in six preseason games. [13] On December 28, he was acquired by the Austin Spurs of the D-League. [14]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Houston 28 0 9.4 .347 .238 .680 1.4 .4 .3 .1 2.6
Career 28 0 9.4 .347 .238 .680 1.4 .4 .3 .1 2.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Houston 9 0 5.4 .235 .143 1.000 .4 .4 .0 .1 1.3
Career 9 0 5.4 .235 .143 1.000 .4 .4 .0 .1 1.3

Personal life

Johnson's father, Joey, and his uncle, Dennis, are both former professional basketball players with the latter being a three-time NBA champion and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. [15] [16]