NBA Studio Analyst
Former NBA point guard and head coach Avery Johnson serves a studio analyst for ESPN NBA coverage, contributing regularly to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and other news and information programming. Johnson also appears on Kia NBA Countdown on Wednesdays, alongside Jalen Rose and Doris Burke.
Johnson first joined ESPN as a studio analyst in 2008 and spent two years with the network before assuming the head coaching position with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets in 2010. Johnson served as head coach of the Nets for two-plus seasons, leading the team through its transition from New Jersey to Brooklyn. He also guided the Nets to their best start in franchise history in 2012 (11-4) and was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month in October and November that season. Johnson returned to ESPN as an analyst prior to the 2013-14 NBA season.
Previously, Johnson served as coach of the Dallas Mavericks (2004-08), guiding the franchise to a .735 winning percentage. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2005-06 after leading the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals appearance. During the 2007 season, Johnson became the fastest coach to reach 150 wins. He currently holds a .577 career winning percentage (254-186).
Johnson, an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, had a 16-year NBA career including time with the Seattle SuperSonics (1988-90), Denver Nuggets (1990-91; 2001-02), Spurs (1991, 1992-93, 1994-2001), Houston Rockets (1992), Golden State Warriors (1993-94, 2003-04) and Dallas Mavericks (2002-03). Johnson earned the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 1998.