BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Suns interim head coach Earl Watson added a familiar face to his roster on Friday in guard Orlando Johnson, whom the team signed to a 10-day contract.
Johnson’s the 16th Gatorade Call-Up in the NBA this season.
For the past two seasons, Johnson’s played with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In 2014-15, Johnson averaged 17.4 points in 43 games, with Watson serving as one of the team’s assistant coaches.
This season with the Spurs has been an All-Star one for Johnson. He’s averaged 15.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor, 48.6 percent from three-point range, and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line in 28 games. Johnson has had 22 double-digit scoring games, and was named a 2016 NBA D-League All-Star as a result.
Johnson has previous NBA experience with the Indiana Pacers in 2012-13, also with the Pacers in 2013-14, along with the Sacramento Kings. Johnson was originally selected by the Kings with the 36th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Johnson’s appeared in 96 total games, and he’s averaged 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.5 minutes. He had four career double-digit scoring games, including a career-high 15 points against the Atlanta Hawks on March 25, 2013, while with Indiana.
Johnson played his college ball at UC Santa Barbara, where he led the Gauchos to two NCAA Tournament appearances. He earned First Team All-Big West honors three times. Johnson averaged 19.6 points over three seasons at UCSB after transferring from Loyola Marymount. In his sophomore season (2009-10), Johnson was named Big West Player of the Year.
Johnson will wear number 0.