The Info List - Neil Johnston

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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
Association (NBA), from 1951 to 1959.[1] He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame as a player in 1990.


1 Early life 2 Professional career 3 NBA career statistics

3.1 Regular season 3.2 Playoffs

4 After basketball 5 See also 6 Further reading 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Johnston was a 1946 graduate of Chillicothe High School
Chillicothe High School
in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he was an all-state selection in basketball.[2] Johnston attended Ohio State University, where he starred in baseball and basketball. Johnston signed a professional baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies out of college and pitched two-and-a-half years for the 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
Philadelphia Warriors
at the team camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Professional career[edit] 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.[3] 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
All-NBA First Team
selection four times, and was an All-NBA Second Team
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.[4] 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.[5] NBA career statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes seasons in which Johnston won an NBA championship

* Led the league

Regular season[edit]


1951–52 Philadelphia 64 15.5 472 .662 5.3 0.6 6.0

1952–53 Philadelphia 70 45.2* .452* .700 13.9 2.8 22.3*

1953–54 Philadelphia 72 45.8* .449 .747 11.1 2.8 24.4*

1954–55 Philadelphia 72 40.5 .440 .766 15.1 3.0 22.7*

1955–56† Philadelphia 70 37.1 .457* .801 12.5 3.2 22.1

1956–57 Philadelphia 69 36.7 .447* .826 12.4 2.9 22.8

1957–58 Philadelphia 71 33.9 .429 .819 11.1 2.3 19.5

1958–59 Philadelphia 28 14.0 .329 .784 5.0 0.8 6.3

Career 516 35.5 .444 .768 11.3 2.5 19.4

All-Star 6 22.0 .429 .696 8.6 1.0 11.7



1952 Philadelphia 3 10.7 .500 .750 3.3 0.3 5.3

1956† Philadelphia 10 39.7 .408 .707 14.3* 5.1 20.3

1957 Philadelphia 2 42.0 .321 .667 17.5 4.5 19.0

1958 Philadelphia 8 23.96 .385 .818 8.6 1.8 10.9

Career 23 30.5 .390 .734 11.2 3.3 15.0

After basketball[edit] 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
Wake Forest University
under Jack McCloskey.[6] In addition, Johnston coached the Pittsburgh Rens
Pittsburgh Rens
and Connie Hawkins of the American Basketball
League.[7] He also coached the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Basketball
League.[8] 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.[9] On September 28, 1978, Johnston died of a heart attack at age 49 while playing basketball in Bedford, Texas.[10][11] In 1980, Johnston was inducted posthumously into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.[12] In 1990, he was enshrined posthumously into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame[13] and the Ohio Basketball
Hall of Fame.[14] In 2005, he was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.[15] In 2016, a Chillicothe resident, Bruce Caplinger, began raising money to erect a statue of Johnston outside of Chillicothe High School.[16] See also[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

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


^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html ^ http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/?p=373 ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html ^ http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/?p=373 ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsne01.html ^ " Neil Johnston Joins Wake Coaching Staff" ^ Association for Professional Basketball
Research American Basketball League page ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  ^ 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, ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6201605 ^ http://articles.philly.com/1990-02-09/sports/25880572_1_neil-johnston-minor-league-baseball-career-nba-stars ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-04-10.  ^ http://ohiobasketballhalloffame.com/?p=373 ^ http://articles.philly.com/2012-07-09/sports/32589515_1_philadelphia-sports-hall-neil-johnston-pete-pihos ^ http://www.chillicothegazette.com/story/news/local/2016/08/29/work-advances-nba-stars-statue-chs/89534528/

External links[edit]

Neil Johnston at the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame
Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame
profile Neil Johnston statistics on Basketball-Reference (as a player) Neil Johnston statistics on Basketball-Reference (as a coach) Neil Johnston at Find a Grave

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