One of the first forwards to frequently play above the rim, Johnson combined an unusual blend of strength, jumping ability, and speed; he was one of the first dunk shot artists in the NBA. His nickname “Honeycomb” was given to him by his college coach. He had a gold star drilled into one of his front teeth and shattered three backboards during his career.
As a member of the Baltimore Bullets, Johnson was voted to the All-Rookie Team for 1963–64. He played in five NBA All-Star Games, was named to four All-NBA Second Teams, and was twice named to the All-NBA Defense First Team. His number 25 jersey was retired by the Baltimore Bullets franchise. With the Pacers, he was a member of the 1973 ABA championship team.
Johnson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…Gus “Honeycomb” Johnson.
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA and ABA statistics|
|Points||10,243 (16.2 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,624 (12.1 rpg)|
|Assists||1,603 (2.5 apg)|