Kevin Johnson Uni Cameo
Before King James, the Cleveland Cavs briefly had a mayor on their roster.
Kevin Johnson, now the first African-American mayor of Sacramento, was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by Cleveland. The Cavaliers drafted the point guard to challenge Mark Price.
Leading up to the season, Price cemented his lock on the starting position which left Johnson on the bench. He started just three times in 52 games with Cleveland. He averaged 20 minutes and 7.3 points per game.
The 1993 Topps Archives card is the one of the only cards that exists with Johnson in a Cleveland uniform. Topps didn’t produce NBA cards from 1982-92. To mark their return to the NBA market, they created the set of “rookie” cards. The cards were produced to look like the Topps baseball cards issued that same year.
Johnson was dealt just before the 1988 trade deadline along with Tyrone Corbin, Mark West and a trio of draft picks to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Larry Nance, Mike Sanders and a draft pick.
Johnson went on to become a franchise player for the Suns. He was three-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and the was the named the league’s most improved player in 1989.
The Suns used one of the draft picks in the trade to select Dan Majerle with the 14th pick in the 1989 NBA draft.