HoopsHype Orlando Johnson rumors

September 6, 2013 Updates

How do you feel about your two other former rookies (Miles Plumlee, Ben Hansbrough) no longer being with the team? Orlando Johnson: "Ah, man. It was tough. They know it’s a business. I’m happy that I’m here and I know they’re happy where they’re at now. Ben’s overseas and Miles is in Phoenix. Miles feels like he’ll get a better opportunity there to play and that’s great for him. I’m excited where I’m at and I know we got some good things happening here in Indiana. I’m ready to get it rolling, man. September 27 needs to hurry up and get here." NBA.com

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Johnson has definitely made the most out of every opportunity given to him this season. After being sent down for a tour of duty with the Pacers’ D-League affiliate, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, together with fellow rookie Miles Plumlee, Johnson scored a game-high 25 points Thursday in a win over the Santa Cruz Warriors, before being recalled to rejoin the team on Friday against Boston where he contributed 7 points in 12 minutes of action. “It’s helped me out a lot just getting a chance to get reps,” Johnson said regarding his stints with the Mad Ants in the D-League this season. “It was definitely good to go down there and play, and then now get a chance to play with these (Pacers) guys.” NBA.com

November 21, 2012 Updates

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that rookies Miles Plumlee and Orlando Johnson will join the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for two games this weekend. This is the first time the Pacers have assigned players to their NBA D-League affiliate. Plumlee, a 6-10, 245-pound center/forward who was the Pacers' first-round pick last June (26th overall), has played in four games this season, scoring four points and pulling down five rebounds. Johnson, a 6-5 guard who was a second-round pick that the Pacers acquired from Sacramento on draft night, has played in two games, but hasn’t scored. NBA.com

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Michigan State forward Draymond Green, another first-round prospect, also was supposed to work out for Denver on Wednesday but pulled out due to illness, the team said. Denver worked out four other second-round prospects, notably Orlando Johnson, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from UC Santa Barbara who is close friends with Nuggets reserve Julyan Stone. Denver Post

April 4, 2011 Updates

Guard Orlando Johnson, who has led UCSB to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history, has declared himself available for the 2011 NBA Draft. Johnson, however, has not hired an agent and retains the right to return for his final collegiate season in 2011-12. “I think this is a great opportunity for me,” Johnson began. “If I were still at LMU (he transferred from Loyola Marymount after his freshman season) I would be a senior now, so the timing is good. With the success I’ve had early in my career, I feel as though this is a great opportunity for me to look into taking the next step.” Presidio Sports

April 1, 2011 Updates

Guard Orlando Johnson, who has led UC Santa Barbara to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in school history, has declared himself available for the 2011 NBA Draft. Johnson, however, has not hired an agent and retains the right to return for his final collegiate season in 2011-12. "I think this is a great opportunity for me," Johnson began. "If I were still at LMU (he transferred from Loyola Marymount after his freshman season) I would be a senior now, so the timing is good. With the success I've had early in my career, I feel as though this is a great opportunity for me to look into taking the next step." Edhat Online Magazine

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