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Vinnie Johnson

Vinnie Johnson

15 • Shooting Guard

Born: September 1, 1956, Brooklyn, NY
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs.

Nicknamed "The Microwave" by Danny Ainge because he "heats up in a hurry," guard Vinnie Johnson was one of the top sixth men in the NBA. Johnson will forever be remembered in Detroit sports history for his game-winning shot in Game 5 of the 1990 NBA Finals against Portland with 0:07 left on the game clock that won the game - and the championship - for Detroit, 92-90.

Career highlights:

  • Drafted 1st round, 7th overall, by Seattle in 1979 out of Baylor
  • Traded from Seattle to Detroit for Greg Kelser, November 21, 1981
  • Played in every game in each of the 3 seasons Detroit reached the Finals
  • His #15 has been retired by the Pistons
  • Holds Pistons record for most consecutive points, 19, vs Utah (1989)
  • Currently the President and CEO of Piston Automotive in Detroit
1989-90 Regular Season Statistics
  G FG% FT% REB AST STE PTS AVG
1988-89 82 .464 .734 255 242 74 1130 13.8
1989-90 82 .431 .668 256 255 71 804 9.8
1989-90 Playoff Statistics
  G FG% FT% REB AST STE PTS AVG
1988-89 17 .455 .758 45 43 x 239 14.1
1989-90 20 .462 .791 56 54 x 206 10.3
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