Dennis Wayne Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed " DJ ", was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association 's (NBA) Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics.
Denis Hale Johnson (July 1, 1949 – May 24, 2017) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He is perhaps best known for his debut short story collection, Jesus' Son (1992). His most successful novel, Tree of Smoke (2007), won the National Book Award for Fiction. 
Johnson, who was serving as the head coach of the Austin Toros, the Celtics' D-League affiliate, was a member of three NBA Championship teams, and won two titles with the Boston Celtics ('84,...
Denis Johnson 1949–2017 Image courtesy of Cindy Johnson. Poet, writer, and playwright Denis Johnson was born in Munich, Germany, where his father worked for the State Department. He grew up in the Philippines, Japan, and Washington DC, and earned an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop.
Dennis Wayne Johnson (D.J., Airplane) Position: Point Guard and Shooting Guard Shoots: Right 6-4 , 185lb (193cm, 83kg) More bio, uniform, draft, salary info Hall of Fame 5x All Star 3x NBA Champ 2x All-NBA 9x All-Defensive 1978-79 Finals MVP 24 24 3 SUMMARY Career G 1100 PTS 14.1 TRB 3.9 AST 5.0 FG% 44.5 FG3% 17.2 FT% 79.7 eFG% 44.8 PER 14.6
Johnson was a second-round draft pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1976 NBA draft. He spent his first four years in Seattle, and he improved each season. During his third season, he was a part of the SuperSonics team that won the 1979 NBA Finals. That season he averaged 15.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
Nobody likes a handout, but his generosity eased the burden on my family and allowed me to stay in school.” Johnson, who died in February 2007 at age 52, was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in...
- Dennis Johnson's Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement SpeechYouTube
- Career Retrospective- Dennis JohnsonYouTube
- Dennis Johnson (1979 Finals MVP) - Game 1 Highlights (23 Points, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks)YouTube
- Dennis Johnson (25pts/6stls) vs. Clippers (1984)YouTube
Dennis Johnson spent seven years in the NBA before he became a member of the Boston Celtics. He played four seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics and three with the Phoenix Suns. His attitude became a problem with both teams, who each wound up trading the future Hall of Fame guard. The Suns sent DJ to the Celtics for center Rick Robey in June 1983.