Clarence Stephen (Steve) Johnson
(born November 3, 1957, in Akron, Ohio
) is a retired American
player, who played for numerous teams. He played the power forward
positions. He was generally regarded as a good low-post offensive player, but as a poor defender and rebounder (and as a foul-prone player as well).
Johnson played collegiately at Oregon State University
under legendary coach Ralph Miller
. He was the star of the 1980-1981 squad (known as the Orange Express
) which spent most of the season at #1 in the polls, before losing in the NCAA
basketball playoffs. That season, Johnson made 235 of 315 field goal
for a field goal percentage of 74.6% — a single-season mark which is an NCAA men's record to this day.
He was drafted the following summer, with the 7th pick overall, by the Kansas City Kings
, and played with the Kings for 2½ seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bulls
. After a season and a half with the Bulls, Johnson played a season with the San Antonio Spurs
. While with the Spurs, Johnson led the league in field goal percentage
at 0.632 — one of the highest in NBA history.
During the 1986 off-season, Johnson was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers
for longtime Blazers' fixture Mychal Thompson
; the team intended to start Johnson at power forward alongside defensive-minded center Sam Bowie
. Five games into the season, however, Bowie suffered a broken leg (one of... Read More