Orlando Johnson balling down under in Australia

Peninsula Premier Admin

Former North Salinas and Palma High basketball standout Orlando Johnson is averaging 17 minutes a game this winter for the Brisbane Bullets of Australian Basketball League.

A former second round draft pick by the Sacramento Kings, the 6-foot-6 Johnson is playing in the same league that former Warriors center Andrew Bogut once played in.

The 31-year-old Johnson, who spent three years in the NBA with Indiana, Sacramento, New Orleans and Phoenix, is averaging 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds a night for Brisbane.

Last year Johnson played professionally in Russia, where he averaged 14.3 points in 24 minutes a night for Avtodor Saratov.

Johnson’s best year as a pro came in the NBA’s G-League, where he averaged nearly 18 points a game for the Austin Spurs in 2015.

As a senior at Palma, Johnson dropped in 25.2 points a game, leading them to a league title and a spot in the State Northern California Division IV semifinals.

Contributed by local news sources

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