Daniel Johnson signs 3yr deal with 36ers
The Adelaide 36ers have signed three-time club MVP Daniel Johnson on a three-year deal, which will see the star centre remain in Adelaide until the end of the 2020-21 season.
In a major coup for the club, Johnson joins Mitch Creek, Nathan Sobey, Majok Deng and Adam Doyle, who have already committed to the 2018-19 NBL season.
Johnson led the Sixers in scoring and rebounding for the 2017-18 season, averaging 16.3 points and seven rebounds per game and was named in the All-NBL First Team for the third time.
The 30-year-old Western Australian is thrilled to be returning to Adelaide for his eighth season with the club.
"It's obviously pretty special. I’ve been a part of the club for a while now and to get another three years is awesome.
“I’m pretty settled in Adelaide and it’s become home for me, so I’m just excited to be a part of the group again," Johnson said
After falling short of a championship for the third time in his tenth NBL season, the desire to go one step further was a big part of Johnson’s decision to return to the 36ers.
“The last couple of years we’ve been building some pretty successful seasons and we just haven’t been able to get over the top and get that championship, which is something I really want to do in Adelaide.
“Obviously, my teammates and coaches are people I really enjoy hanging out with and want to achieve that goal,” Johnson said.
While the pain of losing the Grand Final Series still remains, the 212cm big man is confident his team have what it takes to go all the way next season.
“I think if we bring the same group back and have one more year together, I think we’re right there.
“We showed in the second half of the season we were playing our best basketball and being one way away from winning is obviously hard, but we’ve definitely got the group that can do it if we can get most of those guys back,” Johnson said.
During the NBL off season, Johnson will play for the Forestville Eagles in the South Australian Premier League alongside teammates Brendan Teys and Adam Doyle.