This Is Amir Johnson: The Biography

On The Court

Johnson was selected by the Pistons with the 56th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Known for his athleticism, he was drafted straight out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, deciding to skip a collegiate career. He is the last high school player to be selected in the NBA Draft, as the NBA instituted a rule prior to the 2006 Draft that requires American players to be at least one year removed from the graduation of their high school class to be eligible. Then-Pistons head coach Larry Brown commented that he thought Johnson will become a special player someday.

Johnson spent the 2005–06 NBA season on the Pistons’ roster, but appeared in only three games. He scored his first NBA basket on a windmill dunk against the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 24, 2006. On February 27, 2006, the Pistons assigned him to the Fayetteville Patriots of the NBA Development League. Johnson was recalled by the Pistons and on April 17, 2006 scored 18 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, making all six of his field goal attempts, both 3-point attempts, and all four of his free throw attempts.

Johnson spent most of the 2006–07 season playing for the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he earned Player of the Week honors and notice for his play. In 22 games for the Skyforce, Johnson averaged 18.9 points per game, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game, while shooting 62.3% from the field.

Johnson was recalled by the Pistons on two occasions during the 2006–07 season, including prior to the final week of the regular season. On April 19, 2007, Amir Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds (6 of them offensive), and recorded four blocks and three steals in 37 minutes against the Boston Celtics.

On July 12, 2007, Johnson signed a 3-year, $11 million extension to remain with the Pistons. On June 23, 2009, Johnson was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as a part of a three-team trade between Bucks, Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs, which included Richard Jefferson. And on August 18, 2009, Johnson was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with Sonny Weems in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukić.
In high school, Amir was named a 2005 McDonald’s High School All- American. He was also named 2005 Mr. Basketball in California and a Los Angeles’ Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. During his senior year at Westchester HS he averaged 21.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks and led the team to a state championship and a top-five national ranking

Off The Court
Amir Jalla Johnson, son of Deneen Griffin, grew up in L.A. playing basketball whenever he could. His sister, Indi, plays forward for the women’s basketball team at Southern University and his cousin, Kevin Burnett, is a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. When not playing basketball, Amir loves to play video games, listen to music and would love to study computer science. He is also very active in the community, taking part in high school back-to-school programs, visiting local hospitals and enabling low income youths to attend games though “Amir’s Hyphy Crowd”


Air amir said in Sep, 2011

Amir put on a few pounds of muscle and you’ll be beasting out there! dunking on every dude who comes in your way.

Nazy said in Feb, 2011

HI AMIR!!!!! I luv u in Toronto. i am soo happy that u re-assin a 5 year contract with the raptors. u r 1 of my top favorites in the NBA. HOPE TO SEE U PLAY MORE :) Keep working hard cause you always get better on the coyrt every time you play U THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LUV U

Nicole Glass said in Dec, 2010

Hey…I was going through my old contacts and seen your email address (must have been an older one cuz it didnt work) so I tried to google it and got this one..not sure if its the right one or not but I thought id send you a quick e-mail n see how you were doing…. This was quite some time ago that we hung out but im from Sarnia, On..i dunno if that rings a bell or not but you probably havent met anyone from there since (smaller town ;) ) You kept calling me Sarnia girl.lol
Im guessing it was almost like 7-8 years ago but it was on a weekend and I had come up for the week and was staying at a hotel downtown toronto…me and my friend had met up with yourself and another buddy of yours, you guys came back with us and we all just hung out n drank. Anyways, i barely remember myself, thats quite a few years ago.lol
So just seeing what you were up to and how things were with you? Im now working with OPSEU (its a union) and am living here in toronto.I moved here for my job about 2 years ago..I havent been up to too much the past couple years, just focusing on my job and the normal life things =)
So anywyas, if you do get this hun, get back to me and let me know how you are n maybe we can get together again sometime for dinner and drinks or something?

Take Care! Talk to ya soon!

me said in Dec, 2010

Amir is very cool he’s a great person and a great player.

VAN said in Dec, 2010

just wanted to say your game has emerge lot and i love watching you and the young onez play every night keep up the good work your fan

kathy said in Nov, 2010

hey jus wanna say your game has really blossomed throughout the years an am really njoying watching u when da raps play each nite…keep up da good work go hard every nite an am your #1 FAN cheering u on right here in TORONTO

Johnson said in Sep, 2010

Hello – would like to continue our discussion from a few nights ago …. contact me please

D’Addio said in Aug, 2010

Amir .. if you put on an additional 10-15 lbs of muscle, what would that do for your game?

Buddy Love said in Aug, 2010

The bio was ok, good information to know about the up and coming, Amir Johnson. However their is one question that seems to be a theme among the players in the N.B.A. We as fans of players want to know what about Amir`s father, who raised him? where is he now is their a relationship with him/ has he passed on? This has such a impact on the young readers. Because sometimes what you do not say, is heard loud and clear.

bob boutlier said in Aug, 2010

so great to have you stay with the Raptors. you have tremendous attitude, ability, defence, rebounding. Now that Chris is gone, you’re # 1 all the way. my prayer is that the rest of the team including management will respect and respond to your all out effort. Thanks again for 2009-10. Awaiting oct 2010 to see you inaction again. All the best!

Shammy said in Aug, 2010

Toronto is lucky to have guiys like you in our city!!! Just play like a shammy and youll be good to go!!

Amir, Its a reat treat to have a relaxed, fun pershon in the organization!!!! cant wait for the season to start!! said in Aug, 2010

Amir, Its a reat treat to have a relaxed, fun pershon in the organization!!! cant wait for the season to start!!

Bavan said in Jul, 2010

you’re a great guy. u better stay and play for the raptors longer because its great to have people like you here

Sasha said in Jul, 2010

Atta boy Amir! I’ll be sure to come to your games.
Be an inspiration to us all.

Dee said in Jul, 2010

Keep working hard Amir! You have a chance to become a premier PF in this league. Only an elite group of people make it to the NBA, but the best are the one’s that work hard. Respect your talent and make the best our of it. T.dot has faith in you!

Pres said in Jul, 2010

happy to see you staying a Raptor. Wish you good shooting and blocking & make toronto city of champions.

JEMEEL BROWN said in Jun, 2010

really good feel good story of the league, hoping amir resigs with the raptors ASAP…keep working hard and everything will fall into place!

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