Hawks sign B.J. Johnson to 10-day contract
March 1, 2019
9:21 p.m. ET
The Atlanta Hawks today signed forward B.J. Johnson to a 10-day contract.
Johnson was not selected in the 2018 Draft, then played summer league basketball with the Hawks, then in early September of 2018 joined the Magic on an Exhibit 10 contract. THe team waived him in October. He then joined the Lakeland Magic in the G League, where he spent most of this season, putting up an average of 14.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per outing.
“He’s a guy that went from a G League tryout to a 10-day in this short of a span,” said Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “To get that, not a two-way, but from a tryout straight to a 10-day in the first two months of 10-days, is a testament to his play and the growth that he’s had.”
He started his college basketball days at Syracuse, then transferred to La Salle.
The Hawks are 21-41 this season, which through Thursday's games places them at 12th in the Eastern conference. The team is clearly rebuilding, and enjoying fine play from rookie guard Trae Young, who earlier in the day won another Eastern conference Rookie of the Month award. Young is putting up 17.8 points and 7.7 assists per game this season.
The team is being led in scoring by young big-man John Collins, who is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per outing.