Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
- 5X NBA All-Star selection (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986)
- All-NBA First Team selection(1979)
- John R. Wooden Award winner (1977)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1978)
- NCAA Champion with UCLA (1975)
Marques Johnson is a retired NBA small forward who played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Over his thirteen-year professional career, Marques scored 13,892 point and made 4,1817 rebounds and 2,502 assists. He was selected third overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and spent the majority of his NBA career with the Bucks. Marques helped lead the team to five division titles from 1980 through 1984 and at one point was considered the best forward in the NBA by coaches and peers. In his second season in 1978-1979, he was the NBA’s third leading scorer with an average of 25.6 points per game and later reached as far as the Eastern Conference Finals twice with the Bucks, in 1983 and again in 1984. Marques joined the Los Angeles Clippers for four seasons in 1984 and played for the Golden State Warriors in 1989 before retiring.
Raised in Los Angeles, Marques was a standout high school athlete, winning the Los Angeles City Section 4-A Division Player of the Year in 1973, an award his son Kris has also won. Heavily recruited by the University of California Los Angeles, he became a star player under the guidance of legendary coach John Wooden. As a sophomore, Marques helped lead the Bruins to John Wooden’s 10th and final NCAA championship in 1975. Marques averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and won the John R. Wooden Award as well as the USBWA College Player of the Year as the nation’s top player by the time he was senior in 1977. He was also named the Naismith College Player of the Year, the NABC Player of the Year, the AP College Player of the Year, the UPI College Basketball Player of the Year, the Helms Foundation Player of the Year, the Sporting News Player of the Year and the Pac-10 Player of the Year in addition to being named to the NCAA All-American First Team, all during the 1976-77 season. After retiring from the game in 1989, Marques began acting and served as a color commentator for the Seattle SuperSonics as well as regularly appearing on Fox Sports Net. While continuing to write screenplays and short stories, Marques serves as President of Point Forward Productions, a company he started in 2006.