The 2017-18 NBA season kicked off on Tuesday night, and there are 14 former North Carolina men's basketball players that are currently on a team’s official roster.
Among the 14 players is Brice Johnson — who is now a forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. He is most remembered in Chapel Hill for his senior season campaign, in which he earned first-team All-America honors and teammate Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels to the 2016 national championship game.
Johnson was the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. For most of his rookie year, though, Johnson was sidelined with a lower back injury. After he came back from his injury, he was sent to the D-League on two separate occasions and saw some action with the Salt Lake City Stars. During Johnson’s six total games with the Stars, he averaged 19 minutes, 12 points, and 6.5 rebounds per game.
In the 2017 Summer League in Las Vegas, Johnson averaged 23.8 minutes, 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He also added this dunk over Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball this summer, as well.
Johnson’s role with the Clippers is expected to increase this season since he is no longer plagued by injury, but power forward Blake Griffin will most likely remain the team's offensive focal point.