Kevin Johnson was one of the most underrated point guards from the ’90s who spent almost his entire career with the Phoenix Suns. KJ was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 7th pick of the 1987 draft. The Cavs underutilized Johnson during his rookie season and ended up trading him to Phoenix where he instantly got a starting role.
Johnson was a three-time, three-time NBA All-Star and was considered one of the fastest and most explosive guards in the league. Over the years, injuries caught up with him, and he lost most of his quickness and agility, which were, for most of his career, Johnson’s main advantage over opponents.
During an interview a couple of years ago, K.J. recalled the exact moment he realized it’s time to move on. It was during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers, after facing Allen Iverson in one of his last games against the Sixers.
Iverson at that time was in his prime and was one of the most unguardable players in the league who’s crossover already twisted a lot of ankles. Johnson remembered the specific game where Iverson dribbled down the court and crossed him so bad he immediately realized he was too sluggish to play against the new kids on the block.
I could remember it like it was yesterday. Home game, we are playing against the Sixers and a guy coming at me at full speed, and it’s Allen Iverson. He did that hight crossover, and my knees buckled, and I was looking where did he go. He was already laying the ball up, and then he running back by me and pat me on the back. I knew it was time to move on.Kevin Johnson