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Published on Aug 26, 2010
Born: December 13, 1938 in Akron, OH Height: 6-6 Weight: 230lbs. College: University of Idaho Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets, 1963 Nickname: Honeycomb
Gus Johnson, one of only four players in Wizards franchise history to have his jersey retired, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2010. Johnson, a native of Akron, Ohio was a devastating force at the power forward position. Johnson's ability to score, pass and rebound made the Baltimore Bullets a perennial title contender from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s. Johnson, who entered the league following one year at University of Idaho in 1963, spent nine of his 11 pro seasons with the Bullets. Nicknamed "Honeycomb" for his sweet play. With Johnson on the roster, the Bullets reached the playoffs six times and advanced to the NBA Finals in 1970-71 (4-0 loss to Milwaukee). Statistically, Johnson averaged a double-double (17.1 ppg and 12.7 rpg) in 581 career NBA games. He played with greats such as NBA Legends Earl "the Pearl" Monroe and Wes Unseld. The Washington Bullets retired his jersey number 25 in 1986. On April 29, 1987, Johnson passed away after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
Honors Five-time NBA All-Star (1965, '68, '69, '70, '71) Four-time All-NBA Second Team (1965, '66, '70, '71) Two-time All-Defensive First Team (1970, '71) 1964 NBA All-Rookie Team
Franchise Records for the Washington Wizards 6th all-time in games played - 561 5th all-time in points- 9,781 3rd all-time in minutes played- 19,723 4th all-time in field goals made- 4,057 3rd all-time in rebounds - 7,243 3rd all time in rebounding average - 12.9
Earl "the Pearl" Monroe "Gus was ahead of his time, flying through the air for slam dunks, breaking backboards and throwing full-court passes behind his back. He was spectacular, but he also did the nitty gritty jobs, defense and rebounding. With all the guys in the Hall of Fame, Gus deserves to be there already."
Abe Pollin "I first saw Gus on television...I had never seen a player dominate a game so. Gus was the Dr. J of his time and anyone that ever had the privilege to see him play will never forget what a great basketball player Gus Johnson was."
Dave DeBusschere ''Gus was probably one of the roughest players I have ever played against. He was not a dirty player. He was one of the most tenacious competitors ever to play the game.''