Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson (born March 25, 1965)

Teams coached: Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama record: 75-62 (.547)
Overall record^: 75-62 (.547)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2018)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  3  (2016, 2017, 2019)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2015-2019 Alabama
2010-2012 New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets
2005-2008 Dallas Mavericks
2004-2005 Dallas Mavericks (asst)

Avery Johnson Facts

  • Avery DeWitt Johnson
  • Born March 25, 1965
  • Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Southern University (BS, 1988)
  • Played four seasons at Southern, two each under head coaches Robert Hopkins and Ben Jobe
  • Despite going un-drafted in 1988, spent 16 seasons playing in the NBA with five different franchises
    • Won an NBA Championship in 1999 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs
    • Had his number #6 retired by the Spurs in 2007 and was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons and the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets for three, compiling an overall record of 254-186 (.577)
    • Made the Playoffs every year with Dallas, including reaching the 2006 NBA Finals (lost series 4-2 to Miami)
  • Worked as an ESPN studio analyst in two different stints between head coaching jobs
  • Hired in April 2015 to be the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the first collegiate coaching job in any capacity for Johnson
    • Has taken the Tide to the NIT in three of his four seasons, plus an NCAA Tournament berth in 2018
    • Reached a buyout agreement with Alabama in March 2019, ending his tenure with the Tide after four years
  • Along with his wife, Cassandra, has one son and one daughter

Avery Johnson Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only