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DONALD NEIL JOHNSTON (February 4, 1929 – September 28, 1978) was an American basketball player at the center position who played eight years in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA), from 1951 to 1959.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life * 2 Professional career * 3 After basketball * 4 See also * 5 Further reading * 6 References * 7 External links

EARLY LIFE

Johnston was a 1946 graduate of Chillicothe High School
Chillicothe High School
in Chillicothe, Ohio
Chillicothe, Ohio
, where he was an all-state selection in basketball.

Johnston attended Ohio State University , where he starred in baseball and basketball.

Johnston signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies
out of college and pitched two-and-a-half years for the Terre Haute
Terre Haute
Phillies of the Three-I League . With a 3–9 record halfway through his third losing season in 1951, Johnston decided to give pro basketball a try. With the assistance of his manager, Jim Ward, he tried out for the Philadelphia Warriors at the team camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hershey, Pennsylvania
.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Johnston led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons: 1952–53, 1953–54, and 1954–55. During the 1954–55 season , he also won the league's rebounding title. He led the league in minutes played in the 1952–53 season , 1953–54 season and in field goal percentage in the 1952–53 and 1955–56 season and 1956–57 season . He led the NBA in Win Shares for five consecutive seasons.

Johnston played his entire career with the Philadelphia Warriors, playing on their championship team in 1956. He played in six NBA All-Star Games, was an All-NBA First Team selection four times, and was an All-NBA Second Team selection once.

During his career, the 6-foot, 8-inch Johnston was well known for his sweeping right-handed hook shot.

Johnston was forced to retire after a serious knee injury in the 1958–59 season. During his eight-year career, he averaged 19.4 points per game, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, with a field goal percentage of .444 and a free throw percentage of .768.

AFTER BASKETBALL

After his playing career, Johnston coached the Warriors to a 95–59 record for the first two seasons of Wilt Chamberlain 's NBA career. He also worked as an assistant coach at Wake Forest University under Jack McCloskey .

In addition, Johnston coached the Pittsburgh Rens and Connie Hawkins of the American Basketball
Basketball
League . He also coached the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Basketball
Basketball
League. In 1972, he was an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers . His last job was as athletic director at North Lake College in Irving, Texas
Irving, Texas
.

On September 28, 1978, Johnston died of a heart attack at age 49 while playing basketball in Bedford, Texas.

In 1980, Johnston was inducted posthumously into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1990, he was enshrined posthumously into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2016, a Chillicothe resident, Bruce Caplinger, began raising money to erect a statue of Johnston outside of Chillicothe High School.

SEE ALSO

* List of individual National Basketball
Basketball
Association scoring leaders by season * List of National Basketball
Basketball
Association annual minutes leaders

FURTHER READING

* Alex Sachare, 100 Greatest Basketball
Basketball
Players of all Time (1997) ISBN 0-671-01168-5

REFERENCES

* ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html * ^ http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/?p=373 * ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html * ^ http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/?p=373 * ^ http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html * ^ " Neil Johnston Joins Wake Coaching Staff" * ^ Association for Professional Basketball
Basketball
Research American Basketball
Basketball
League page * ^ http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/tag/neil-johnston * ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=nZUarsZyzokC&pg=PA180&lpg=PA180&dq=neil+johnston+chillicothe&source=bl&ots=GJ91yGzJkn&sig=Ei9UaU40N_reNP_6vAk2hJJnoG8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lzowU7G0LIOqyAH9u4GwDw&ved=0CFQQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=neil%20johnston%20chillicothe&f=false * ^ died in 1978, while playing basketball in Bedford, Texas, * ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=grcolor:#FFFFFF;-moz-box-shadow: inset 2px 2px 0 #FDB927, inset -2px -2px 0 #FDB927; -webkit-box-shadow: inset 2px 2px 0 #FDB927, inset -2px -2px 0 #FDB927; box-shadow: inset 2px 2px 0 #FDB927, inset -2px -2px 0 #FDB927;">

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Golden State Warriors head coaches

* Eddie Gottlieb (1946–1955) * George Senesky (1955–1958) * Al Cervi (1958–1959) * Neil Johnston (1959–1961) * Frank McGuire (1961–1962) * Bob Feerick (1962–1963) * Alex Hannum (1963–1966) * Bill Sharman (1966–1968) * George Lee (1968–1970) * Al Attles
Al Attles
(1970–1980) * Johnny Bach # (1980) * Al Attles
Al Attles
(1980–1983) * Johnny Bach (1983–1986) * George Karl
George Karl
(1986–1988) * Ed Gregory # (1988) * Don Nelson (1988–1995) * Bob Lanier # (1995) * Rick Adelman (1995–1997) * P. J. Carlesimo (1997–1999) * Garry St. Jean
Garry St. Jean
# (1999–2000) * Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens
(2000–2001) * Brian Winters # (2001–2002) * Eric Musselman (2002–2004) * Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery
(2004–2006) * Don Nelson (2006–2010) * Keith Smart
Keith Smart
(2010–2011) * Mark Jackson (2011–2014) * Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr
(2014– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.

NEIL JOHNSTON—CHAMPIONSHIPS, AWARDS, AND HONORS

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Philadelphia Warriors 1955–56 NBA champions

* 4 Hennessy * 5 Dempsey * 6 Johnston * 7 Beck * 9 Graboski * 11 Arizin * 12 Davis * 14 Moore * 15 Gola * 17 George

* Head coach Senesky

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Golden State Warriors

* Founded in 1946 * Played in PHILADELPHIA (1946–1962) and SAN FRANCISCO (1962–1971) * Based in OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

FRANCHISE

* Franchise * Team history * All-time roster * Draft history * Seasons * Head coaches * CURRENT SEASON

ARENAS

* Philadelphia Arena
Philadelphia Arena
* Philadelphia Convention Hall * Cow Palace * San Francisco Civic Auditorium * War Memorial Gymnasium
War Memorial Gymnasium
(University of San Francisco) * San Jose Arena * ORACLE ARENA * Chase Center

GENERAL MANAGERS

* Tyrell * Gottlieb * Feerick * Vertlieb * Stirling * Attles * Nelson * Twardzik * St. Jean * Mullin * Riley * MYERS

G LEAGUE AFFILIATE

* Santa Cruz Warriors
Santa Cruz Warriors

RETIRED NUMBERS

* 13 * 14 * 16 * 17 * 24 * 42

HALL OF FAMERS

* Paul Arizin
Paul Arizin
* Rick Barry
Rick Barry
* Wilt Chamberlain * Joe Fulks
Joe Fulks
* Tom Gola
Tom Gola
* Neil Johnston * Jerry Lucas * Šarūnas Marčiulionis * Chris Mullin * Mitch Richmond
Mitch Richmond
* Don Nelson * Robert Parish * Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
* Guy Rodgers
Guy Rodgers
* Ralph Sampson
Ralph Sampson
* Nate Thurmond
Nate Thurmond
* Jamaal Wilkes
Jamaal Wilkes

NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS (5)

* 1947 * 1956 * 1975 * 2015 * 2017

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (9)

* 1947 * 1948 * 1956 * 1964 * 1967 * 1975 * 2015 * 2016 * 2017

CULTURE/LORE

* Wilt the Stilt

* 100 point game

* Nate the Great * Nellie Ball * Run TMC
Run TMC
* The Sleepy Floyd game * Splash Brothers * Death lineup * Warrior Girls * 73–9 * The Block

RIVALRIES

* Cleveland Cavaliers

MEDIA TV NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Bay Area
Radio KGMZ
KGMZ
Announcers Bob Fitzgerald Jim Barnett Tim Roye

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NBA season scoring leaders

* 1947: Fulks * 1948: Zaslofsky * 1949: Mikan * 1950: Mikan * 1951: Mikan * 1952: Arizin * 1953: Johnston * 1954: Johnston * 1955: Johnston * 1956: Pettit * 1957: Arizin * 1958: Yardley * 1959: Pettit * 1960: Chamberlain * 1961: Chamberlain * 1962: Chamberlain * 1963: Chamberlain * 1964: Chamberlain * 1965: Chamberlain * 1966: Chamberlain * 1967: Barry * 1968: Bing * 1969: Hayes * 1970: West * 1971: Alcindor * 1972: Abdul-Jabbar * 1973: Archibald * 1974: McAdoo * 1975: McAdoo * 1976: McAdoo * 1977: Maravich * 1978: Gervin * 1979: Gervin * 1980: Gervin * 1981: Dantley * 1982: Gervin * 1983: English * 1984: Dantley * 1985: King * 1986: Wilkins * 1987: Jordan * 1988: Jordan * 1989: Jordan * 1990: Jordan * 1991: Jordan * 1992: Jordan * 1993: Jordan * 1994: Robinson * 1995: O\'Neal * 1996: Jordan * 1997: Jordan * 1998: Jordan * 1999: Iverson * 2000: O\'Neal * 2001: Iverson * 2002: Iverson * 2003: McGrady * 2004: McGrady * 2005: Iverson * 2006: Bryant * 2007: Bryant * 2008: James * 2009: Wade * 2010: Durant * 2011: Durant * 2012: Durant * 2013: Anthony * 2014: Durant * 2015: Westbrook * 2016: Curry * 2017: Westbrook

* v * t * e

NBA season rebounding leaders

* 1951: Schayes * 1952: Foust and Hutchins * 1953: Mikan * 1954: Gallatin * 1955: Johnston * 1956: Pettit * 1957: Stokes * 1958: Russell * 1959: Russell * 1960: Chamberlain * 1961: Chamberlain * 1962: Chamberlain * 1963: Chamberlain * 1964: Russell * 1965: Russell * 1966: Chamberlain * 1967: Chamberlain * 1968: Chamberlain * 1969: Chamberlain * 1970: Hayes * 1971: Chamberlain * 1972: Chamberlain * 1973: Chamberlain * 1974: Hayes * 1975: Unseld * 1976: Abdul-Jabbar * 1977: Walton * 1978: T. Robinson * 1979: Malone * 1980: Nater * 1981: Malone * 1982: Malone * 1983: Malone * 1984: Malone * 1985: Malone * 1986: Laimbeer * 1987: Barkley * 1988: Cage * 1989: Olajuwon * 1990: Olajuwon * 1991: D. Robinson * 1992: Rodman * 1993: Rodman * 1994: Rodman * 1995: Rodman * 1996: Rodman * 1997: Rodman * 1998: Rodman * 1999: Webber * 2000: Mutombo * 2001: Mutombo * 2002: Wallace * 2003: Wallace * 2004: Garnett * 2005: Garnett * 2006: Garnett * 2007: Garnett * 2008: Howard * 2009: Howard * 2010: Howard * 2011: Love * 2012: Howard * 2013: Howard * 2014: Jordan * 2015: Jordan * 2016: Drummond * 2017: Whiteside

* v * t * e

Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 1990

PLAYERS

* Dave Bing
Dave Bing
* Elvin Hayes
Elvin Hayes
* Neil Johnston * Earl Monroe

* v * t * e

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame

PLAYERS

GUARDS

* Archibald * Beckman * Belov * Bing * Blazejowski * Borgmann * Brennan * Cervi * Cooper-Dyke * Cousy * Dampier * Davies * Drexler * Dumars * Edwards * Frazier * Friedman * Galis * Gervin * Goodrich * Greer * Guerin * Hanson * Haynes * Holman * Hyatt * Isaacs * Iverson * Jeannette * D. Johnson * E. Johnson * K. Jones * S. Jones * Jordan * Lieberman * Maravich * Marcari * Marčiulionis * Martin * McDermott * McGrady * McGuire * Meyers * R. Miller * Monroe * Murphy * Page * Payton * Petrović * Phillip * Posey * Richmond * Robertson * Rodgers * Roosma * Russell * Schommer * Sedran * Sharman * Staley * Steinmetz * Stockton * Swoopes * Thomas * Thompson * Vandivier * Wanzer * West * J. White * Wilkens * Woodard * Wooden

FORWARDS

* Arizin * Barkley * Barry * Baylor * Bird * Bradley * R. Brown * Cunningham * Curry * Dalipagić * Dantley * DeBusschere * Dehnert * Endacott * English * Erving * Foster * Fulks * Gale * Gates * Gola * Hagan * Havlicek * Hawkins * Hayes * Haywood * Heinsohn * Howell * G. Johnson * King * Lucas * Luisetti * K. Malone * McClain * B. McCracken * J. McCracken * McHale * Mikkelsen * C. Miller * Mullin * Pettit * Pippen * Pollard * Ramsey * Rodman * Schayes * E. Schmidt * O. Schmidt * Stokes * Thompson * Twyman * Walker * N. White * Wilkes * Wilkins * Worthy * Yardley

CENTERS

* Abdul-Jabbar * Barlow * Beaty * Bellamy * Chamberlain * Ćosić * Cowens * Crawford * Daniels * DeBernardi * Donovan * Ewing * Gallatin * Gilmore * Gruenig * Harris-Stewart * Houbregs * Issel * W. Johnson * Johnston * Krause * Kurland * Lanier * Leslie * Lovellette * Lapchick * Macauley * M. Malone * McAdoo * Meneghin * Mikan * Mourning * Murphy * Mutombo * Olajuwon * O\'Neal * Parish * Pereira * Reed * Risen * Robinson * Russell * Sabonis * Sampson * Semjonova * Thurmond * Unseld * Wachter * Walton * Yao

COACHES

* Alexeeva * Allen * Anderson * Auerbach * Auriemma * Barmore * Barry * Blood * Boeheim * Brown * Calhoun * Calipari * Cann * Carlson * Carnesecca * Carnevale * Carril * Case * Chancellor * Chaney * Conradt * Crum * Daly * Dean * Díaz-Miguel * Diddle * Drake * Ferrándiz * Gaines * Gamba * Gardner * Gaze * Gill * Gomelsky * Gunter * Hannum * Harshman * Haskins * Hatchell * Heinsohn * Hickey * Hobson * Holzman * Hurley * Iba * Izzo * Jackson * Julian * Keaney * Keogan * Knight * Krzyzewski * Kundla * Lambert * Leonard * Lewis * Litwack * Loeffler * Lonborg * Magee * McCutchan * A. McGuire * F. McGuire * McLendon * Meanwell * Meyer * Miller * Moore * Nelson * Nikolić * Novosel * Olson * Pitino * Ramsay * Richardson * Riley * Rubini * Rupp * Rush * Sachs * Sharman * Shelton * Sloan * Smith * Stringer * Summitt * Tarkanian * Taylor * Teague * Thompson * VanDerveer * Wade * Watts * Wilkens * G. Williams * R. Williams * Wooden * Woolpert * Wootten * Yow

CONTRIBUTORS

* Abbott * Barksdale * Bee * Biasone * H. Brown * W. Brown * Bunn * Buss * Clifton * Colangelo * Cooper * Davidson * Douglas * Duer * Embry * Fagan * Fisher * Fleisher * Gavitt * Gottlieb * Granik * Gulick * Harrison * Hearn * Henderson * Hepp * Hickox * Hinkle * Irish * Jones * Kennedy * Knight * Lemon * Liston * Lloyd * McLendon * Mokray * Morgan * Morgenweck * Naismith * Newell * Newton * J. O\'Brien * L. O\'Brien * Olsen * Podoloff * Porter * Raveling * Reid * Reinsdorf * Ripley * Sanders * Saperstein * Schabinger * St. John * Stagg * Stanković * Steitz * Stern * Taylor * Tower * Trester * Vitale * Wells * Wilke * Winter * Zollner

REFEREES

* Bavetta * Enright * Garretson * Hepbron * Hoyt * Kennedy * Leith * Mihalik * Nichols * Nucatola * Quigley * Rudolph * Shirley * Strom * Tobey * Walsh

TEAMS

* 1960 United States Olympic Team * 1992 United States Olympic Team * All-American Red Heads * Buffalo Germans
Buffalo Germans
* The First Team * Harlem Globetrotters * Immaculata College * New York Renaissance * Original Celtics
Original Celtics
* Texas Western

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