Johnny Neumann

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Johnny Neumann
Johnny Neumann 1974.jpeg
Personal information
Born(1950-09-11)September 11, 1950
Memphis, Tennessee
DiedApril 23, 2019(2019-04-23) (aged 68)
Oxford, Mississippi
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolOverton (Memphis, Tennessee)
CollegeOle Miss (1970–1971)
NBA draft1973 / Round: 6 / Pick: 98th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career1971–1979
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number14, 22, 44, 4, 31, 21
Career history
19711974Memphis Pros / Tams
1974Utah Stars
1974Virginia Squires
1974–1975Indiana Pacers
1975Virginia Squires
1975–1976Kentucky Colonels
1976Buffalo Braves
1976–1977Los Angeles Lakers
1977Indiana Pacers
1978–1979Gabetti Cantù
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points6,022 (13.2 ppg)
Rebounds1,234 (2.7 rpg)
Assists1,345 (3.0 apg)
Stats at

Carl John Neumann (September 11, 1950 – April 23, 2019), nicknamed "Johnny Reb", was an American professional basketball player and coach. At 6'6" and 200 pounds, he played the shooting guard and small forward positions.

High school and college[edit]

Following a standout career at Overton High School in Memphis, Neumann took his game to the University of Mississippi, where he played from 1969 to 1971. During his sophomore season, he drew comparisons to Pete Maravich after averaging an NCAA-high 40.1 points per game.[1] His strongest performances included a 63-point game against Louisiana State University and a 60-point game against Baylor University.[2] Neumann earned All-America and SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.

After his sophomore season at Ole Miss, Neumann became the first player in basketball history to sign a hardship clause[3] as he signed a five-year, $2 million contract with the Memphis Pros of the American Basketball Association.[4] Neumann was later drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 6th round of the 1973 NBA draft.[5]


Memphis Pros and Memphis Tams[edit]

Neumann's professional career started strong, with averages of 18.3 points per game and 19.6 points per game in his first two full seasons with Memphis. He was named to the ABA All-Rookie Team in 1972.[6] However, Neumann gradually fell out of favor with the team's coach and management, who thought he was not passing the ball enough, and he was traded by the Memphis Tams to the Utah Stars for Glen Combs, Ronnie Robinson, Mike Jackson and cash in January 1974.

Utah Stars[edit]

In Neumann's first year in Utah the Stars won the ABA Western Division and defeated the San Diego Conquistadors in the Western Division Semifinals and the Indiana Pacers in the Western Division Finals to make it to the ABA Championship series, losing the 1974 ABA Finals to the New York Nets. Despite the team's success Neumann struggled to regain his scoring average after being traded to Utah, he averaged just 10.1 points in 44 games with the Stars.

Virginia Squires and Indiana Pacers[edit]

In August 1974 the Stars traded Neumann and a draft choice to the Virginia Squires for Jim Eakins and Larry Miller. After just four games with the Squires, the Indiana Pacers bought Neumann's rights from the Squires in November 1974, he averaged 8.3 points per game with Indiana.[5] Neumann finished out the 1974–75 season as a Pacer and in March 1975 the Virginia Squires bought Neumann's rights back from the Pacers.[7]

Neumann averaged 16.6 points per game for Virginia during the 1975–76 season but in January 1976 he was traded by the Squires.[5]

Kentucky Colonels[edit]

In January 1976 Neumann was traded with Jan van Breda Kolff to the Kentucky Colonels in exchange for Marv Roberts, he averaged 10.1 points per game as the Colonels defeated the Indiana Pacers in the ABA Quarterfinals and lost a 4-3 seven game series to the Denver Nuggets in the 1976 ABA Semifinals.


With the ABA–NBA merger in June 1976 Neumann ended up with the Buffalo Braves. From 1976 to 1978, Neumann played 83 games in the NBA as a member of the Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, and once again with the Pacers, his 1977–78 campaign with the Pacers, during which he averaged just 4.2 points, would be his last in the United States.

After leaving the NBA Neumann took his game to Europe, where he competed in Italy for Gabetti Cantù (1978–79)[8] and Germany.[9][10]

Coaching career[edit]

Neumann coaching Takamatsu Five Arrows in 2010

Neumann became an assistant coach while playing in Germany, a position that would prove to be his first of many basketball coaching jobs. Neumann also coached in Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, China, and Japan, as well as in the American minor-league Continental Basketball Association with the Maine Lumberjacks.[11] Neumann also coached the Louisville Shooters of the Global Basketball Association in 1991 and 1992. While in Cyprus, he discovered Darrell Armstrong, a little-known American guard from Fayetteville State University who later found success in the NBA.[12]

On June 23, 2010, Neumann was appointed as the new coach of the Romania national team, he served as an assistant coach at South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi.[citation needed]

Neumann died in Oxford, Mississippi on April 23, 2019 after an extended illness.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Rizing Fukuoka 2007-08 44 20 24 .455 3rd in Western 1 0 1 .000 Lost in playoff semifinals
Rizing Fukuoka 2008-09 52 22 30 .423 4th in Western 2 0 2 .000 Lost in 1st round
Takamatsu Five Arrows 2009-10 52 13 39 .250 7th in Western - - - -

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ NBA Official Site, "Where Are They Now? Johnny Neumann article
  4. ^ Archived February 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c Johnny Neumann page
  6. ^ Memphis Pros Detailed Year to Year Notes Page Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Indiana Pacers Detailed Year to Year Notes Page
  8. ^ John Neumann
  9. ^ Archived November 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^
  11. ^ His playbook has an atlas. Retrieved on August 12, 2008.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Cobb, David (April 23, 2019). "Local basketball legend, former Ole Miss star Johnny Neumann dies at 68". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 24, 2019.

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