On this day back in 1966, Kevin Johnson was born. A high school standout in baseball and basketball, Johnson led the state of California in scoring with 32.5 points per game. Johnson would later accept a basketball scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, where he would eventually become the all-time leader in assists, steals and scoring. Johnson graduated from Cal with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and was recently elected to office as the first African American Mayor of Sacramento. He also played a little basketball in the NBA.
Drafted in the first round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Johnson didn’t play much his first season for the Cavs. It took a trade to the Phoenix Suns for Johnson to see serious playing time. However, once Johnson took over as a starter for the Suns in the ’88-’89 season, he emerged as one of the top point guards in the league. For each of the next three seasons, Johnson would average at least 20 points per game and 10 assists per game (only Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas are able to say the same). Over the course of his 11.5 seasons in the NBA, Johnson was a 3 time All-Star, a 5 time All-NBA selection, a 4 time Second team All-NBA selection and a Gold Medal winner in the ’94 World Championships.
Happy Birthday Mayor Johnson!