Knicks hire ex-Mavs scout Reggie Johnson

Dec 22, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; A view of the Knicks logo on a players jacket during the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have hired long-time Dallas Mavericks advance scout Reginald “Reggie” Johnson, according to a source.

Johnson will serve as pro personnel scout for the Knicks after spending his first 25 years in the league with the Mavericks, including 14 seasons as the team’s advance scout.

As an advance scout, Johnson’s responsibilities were to scout the Mavericks’ opponents which include in-depth scouting report of their personnel, statistics, plays and other stuff that help the coaching staff prepare for each game.

With his new role at the Knicks, he is expected to evaluate NBA and G League players who will fit into their system.

Johnson was a former high school basketball and football star in Little Rock, Arkansas. He won a state championship and was named Arkansas State Defensive Player of the Year. He was also an All-Star quarterback and made it to the All-State selection.

Johnson pursued football in college and became a four-year starter with the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats. While there, he was also a two-time member of the All-MIAA Conference team.

After college, he worked at Spalding in his hometown as a merchandising coordinator.

Johnson initially joined the Mavericks organization in 1995, holding the same role before pivoting to their scouting department as assistant video coordinator. He was promoted to become the team’s video coordinator and held a dual role as a scout starting in the 2002-03 season. In 2007, he was promoted to become an advance scout for the team.

Johnson will work under Frank Zanin, the Knicks’ assistant general manager for pro scouting.

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