Dennis Johnson (basketball player)

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Basketball player
Dennis Johnson
Dennis Wayne Johnson in the Boston Celtics jersey
Player information
birthday September 18, 1954
place of birth Compton , United States
date of death February 22, 2007
Place of death Austin , United States
size 193 cm
position Point guard
college Pepperdine University
NBA draft 1976 , Pick 29th, Seattle SuperSonics
league NBA
Clubs as active
1976–1980 Seattle SuperSonics 1980–1983 Phoenix Suns 1983–1990 Boston CelticsUnited StatesUnited States
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Dennis Wayne Johnson (born September 18, 1954 in Compton , California , † February 22, 2007 in Austin , Texas ) was an American basketball player .


Johnson played in the position of point guard between 1976 and 1990 in the North American professional league NBA . Johnson began his career with the Seattle SuperSonics , with whom he surprisingly won the 1979 NBA championship against the Washington Bullets . In the final series he was awarded as an MVP . However, he was best known during his time with the Boston Celtics (1983-1990), when he won two more NBA championships (1984 and 1986) on the side of Larry Bird , Kevin McHale and Robert Parish . He is also a five-time NBA Allstar (1979–1982 and 1985). Johnson was considered a candidate for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame , but was not elected in the 1999 first ballot. In 2010, however, he was posthumously accepted into the Hall of Fame. He unexpectedly died of a heart attack at the age of 52 after collapsing unconscious during a training game at the Austin Convention Center .

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