One of the ABA's all-time pure scorers; Deadly jumper from the baseline; Also one of the ABA's most well-traveled players - he played for an incredible 12 different ABA teams (and 7 different franchises) over the course of all of the league's nine seasons; Snapped a long playoff drought when he finally participated in the ABA post-season with the 1972-73 San Diego Conquistadors; 3 Time ABA All-Star (1973 and 1974, with the Conquistadors, and 1975 with the Memphis Sounds); 9th on the all-time ABA scoring list with 10,538 points; 2nd on the all-time ABA field goals attempted list with 10,854 shots; Set the ABA single-game scoring record when he erupted for 62 points against The Floridians on March 6, 1971 (his record lasted almost a year until Zelmo Beaty scored 63 points against the Pittsburgh Condors on February 21, 1972); One of the more fondly-remembered players of the ABA
O'Brien's 1971-72 and 1972-73 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
|Career ABA Totals||205||19201||4586||10854||.423||269||872||.308||1097||1393||.788||4263||984||665||--||--||10538||6.6||1.5||16.3|
|ABA Playoff Totals||15||569||103||264||.390||12||30||.400||20||25||.800||93||33||32||--||--||238||6.2||2.2||15.9|
|ABA All-Star Totals||3||47||8||23||.348||0||3||.000||2||2||1.000||8||2||6||--||--||18||2.6||0.6||6.0|
MEMORIES OF PAT COSGROVE: "One of my memories from the very first year of the ABA involves Stew Johnson. The New Jersey Americans obtained him from Kentucky during that season. For the first couple weeks he seldom left the bench. However, his pre-game shooting started to open some eyes. Johnson simply did not miss from long range. Finally one night against the Houston Mavericks, coach Max Zaslofsky inserted him into the lineup with 2 seconds remaining and the Americans down 3. Recall that the 3-point shot was still a novelty, and teams weren't really trained to run plays specifically designed for the 3. When Stew got the call, he gave a wink to the crowd from the scorer's table. Everybody in the Armory knew Stew was getting the ball even though he hadn't played all night. He wound up taking an off balance 3 as he fell out of bounds on the baseline. The ball rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. Anyone who witnessed that couldn't have been surprised as Stew later became one of the top shooting big men in all of basketball."