On This Date: Knicks waive DeMarco Johnson

December 29th 1999: Knicks waive DeMarco Johnson

In a sign of gutting the legacy of the Ed Tapscott/Ernie Grunfeld era, the Knicks waived DeMarco Johnson. Johnson was on the injured list and the Knicks wanted to free up his spot for Rick Brunson on the active roster.  

The Knicks drafted Johnson 38th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft. He spent 4 years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.1 Due to the lockout, DeMarco spent the 1998-99 season in Italy with Sony Milano.

Unfortunately, DeMarco played only 5 games with the Knicks and had a grand total of 6 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. DeMarco represented another draft pick bust during the Grunfeld/Tapscott era. Players such as Rafer Alston, Cuttino Mobley, Jahidi White, Greg Buckner, and Ryan Bowen were drafted after him and had relatively productive NBA careers. The other Knicks 2nd round draft pick, and current Nets GM, Sean Marks had several productive seasons in the NBA despite being shipped to the Raptors in the Marcus Camby trade.

DeMarco Johnson never played another NBA game after the Knicks waived him. However, he carved a decade long career playing overseas in Italy and Spain. He is currently an assistant coach on the Hampton University basketball team. 

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