Avery Johnson

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Standing at only 5 feet 10 inches tall, the Little General had rare court vision unlike any other point guard in NBA history. Sports Speaker Avery Johnson played in the NBA for 16 seasons as well as coached in the NBA for over 7 seasons. Since his last head coaching job with the Brooklyn Nets, Avery has also served as an analyst on ESPN for NBA Coast to Coast, SportsCenter and NBA Tonight. In 2015, Sports Speaker Avery Johnson agreed to become the new head men’s basketball coach at the University of Alabama.

After going undrafted in the 1988 NBA Draft, Avery was picked up as a free agent by the Seattle SuperSonics. His best years in the NBA came as a member of the San Antonio Spurs from 1994-2001. By the 1995-1996 season, Avery was averaging nearly a double-double with 13.1 points and 9.6 assists per game. In 1999, he led the Spurs to an NBA championship thanks to a go-ahead jump shot in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Avery won the title alongside future Hall of Famers David Robinson and Tim Duncan. In 2007, the Spurs retired Avery’s #6 jersey for his hard work and dedication while playing with the franchise. In 2009, the Spurs inducted Avery into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.

Upon retirement in 2004, Avery found his niche in coaching and took over the Dallas Mavericks after Don Nelson resigned in 2005. In 2006, after being named the NBA All Star team coach for the Western Conference, Avery was also awarded the NBA Coach of the Year. That same year, he led the Mavericks to their first ever NBA finals appearance against the Miami Heat. In 2008, after being out of coaching for just a few months, Avery was hired by ESPN as a studio analyst for the NBA for two years until he was hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2010-2012.

To add to his variety of different skills, Avery has also written a novel about coaching and his journey throughout the league. His novel entitled, Aspire Higher, cites his faith in God, passion for basketball and devout motivation to work hard every day as the reasons for his success. Avery supports the Just Say Yes Foundation which helps equip teens to succeed through education and mentoring.

As a player, coach and basketball analyst, Sports Speaker Avery Johnson has plenty of experiences to draw from to motivate your audience at an upcoming corporate conference or other keynote speaking engagement.