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Neil Johnston

Enshrined 1990
Chillicothe, OH
February 4, 1928 - September 27, 1978

Biography

With a devastating sweeping hook shot from the pivot, Neil Johnston became one of the NBA's most prolific scorers. The 6-foot-8 former minor league baseball star played eight NBA seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors. During the 1953-54 season, "Gabby" enjoyed five of the league's top six individual game highs, and led the NBA with a 50-point effort against Syracuse. A multidimensional player, Johnston used his athletic talent to lead the NBA in scoring (1953-55), rebounding (1955), and field goal percentage (1953,1956-57). After a career-ending knee injury, Johnston became coach of the Philadelphia Warriors and the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League as well as the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Basketball League.

Career Highlights

All-NBA First-Team, 1953-56
NBA Scoring Leader, 1953-56
NBA All-Star, 1953-58
NBA championship with Philadelphia Warriors, 1956