9. Vinnie Johnson
When a NBA fan thinks of Vinnie Johnson, it brings up those 1980’s Detroit Pistons. They were some of the toughest teams to ever step on to the court, with Bill Lambier, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, and Isiah Thomas leading the way.
For Johnson, he probably could have started on these teams, but mostly played a sixth man role off the bench. He scored in bunches and heated up when needed, thus the “Microwave” nickname given to him. The Pistons even counted on him to replace Dumars, when injured, and provided over 15 points per game.
Johnson won two championships in Detroit and became a decorated player in the franchise’s history. This wasn’t the only organization he played for, however.
Before Detroit, Johnson played for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1979-82. He spent time as a member of the team’s rotation and shot 53 percent in 1980-81. Then came the year with the San Antonio Spurs, which came after Johnson’s time in Motown.
Johnson played just one year in San Antonio, appearing in 60 games and starting 23 of them. He put up 8.0 points per game in this bench role, but it was hardly the production (or impact) that it had in Detroit. The Spurs waived him after the season, as there was one year left on his deal.
Johnson’s time in San Antonio was merely just a footnote of his career. He’ll be known for his work on the Pistons and contributions toward two titles. Other than that, there should be some game tape of his on the Spurs, somewhere.