Shock Signs Four-Time All-Star Shannon "Pee Wee" Johnson
The 32-year-old Johnson started in all 32 games in which she appeared last season for the San Antonio Silver Stars, averaging 9.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.88 steals in 27.3 minutes per game. She is a four-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003), a three-time member of the All-WNBA Second Team (1999, 2000, 2002) and a member of the gold-medal winning 2004 United States Olympic Team. Johnson also ranks third in career assists (1,569) and fifth in career steals (579) in U.S. professional women’s basketball history.
“What a great acquisition for the Detroit Shock,” said Laimbeer. “Shannon has all the skills and experience to fit right in and help us repeat as WNBA champions. We play defense, and Shannon is an exceptional defender, amongst the steals leaders every year. She plays both guard positions and gives the Shock the best three-guard rotation in basketball since my buddies Isiah, Joe, and Vinnie roamed the court for the Bad Boys.
“When I first spoke to Shannon about joining the Shock, she was honored that we wanted her, and listening to her talk, it was clear that she is committed to doing whatever it takes to win the Championship. I like that.”
Johnson’s WNBA career began on May 3, 1999 when she signed with the league and was allocated to the Orlando Miracle/Connecticut Sun. After four All-Star seasons, the Sun traded Johnson to San Antonio on January 28, 2004.
Prior to joining the WNBA, Johnson played for three seasons from 1996-1999 with the American Basketball League’s Columbus Quest alongside Shock guard Katie Smith winning ABL Championships in 1998 and 1999.
“I’m excited,” said Johnson via phone from Turkey where she is playing this offseason. “I enjoyed my time in San Antonio, and I’m grateful to the Silvers Stars organization and fans for all the support they showed me and the WNBA while I was there, but I’m excited about the opportunity to play alongside some great players and help the Shock win another championship. The Shock ship is sailing in the right direction, and I wanted to be a part of it.”