Johnathan Motley

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Johnathan Motley
Johnathan Motley.jpg
Motley with the Baylor Bears in 2017
No. 6 – Fenerbahçe Beko
PositionCenter / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1995-05-04) May 4, 1995 (age 27)
Houston, Texas
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolNorth Shore (Houston, Texas)
CollegeBaylor (2014–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Undrafted
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–2018Dallas Mavericks
2017–2018Texas Legends
20182020Los Angeles Clippers
2018–2020Agua Caliente Clippers
2021Incheon ET Land Elephants
2021–2022Lokomotiv Kuban
2022–presentFenerbahçe Beko
Career highlights and awards
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Johnathan Landus Motley (born May 4, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for Fenerbahçe of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the Baylor Bears, where he was a consensus second-team All-American as a junior.

High school career

Motley played high school basketball at North Shore High School in Houston, Texas under head coach David Green. He led his team to a 32–4 mark as a junior and a 30–5 mark in as a senior, winning back to back district championships. A top 100 recruit nationally, Motley committed to play at Baylor on September 12, 2012.[1]

College career

Motley blossomed into an All-American player as a junior for Baylor, leading the Bears to their first number one ranking as a program during the 2016–17 season.[2] At the close of the season, Motley was named the winner of the Karl Malone Award as the country's best college power forward.[3]

At the close of his junior season, Motley declared his eligibility for the 2017 NBA draft but did not hire an agent, leaving open the option to return to college.[4] He would later hire an agent before signing up for the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, thus ending any chances of returning for his senior year at Baylor.

Professional career

Dallas Mavericks / Texas Legends (2017–2018)

After going undrafted in 2017 NBA draft, Motley signed a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks.[5] He became the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal. As a result, he got to split his time playing between the Mavericks and their G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. After recovering from a previous injury he had, Motley would make his official NBA debut on December 14, 2017, recording 4 points in two minutes under a 112–97 loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors. On April 4, 2018, he scored a career high 26 points in a 106–113 loss to the Detroit Pistons.[6]

Los Angeles / Agua Caliente Clippers (2018–2020)

On July 23, 2018, Motley, along with the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the draft rights to Maarty Leunen and cash considerations.[7] He would be the league's first ever two-way contract to be traded to another team. Motley would become an unrestricted free agent on June 28, 2019[8] but the Clippers eventually re-signed him on July 25, 2019.[9]

On November 30, 2020, Motley signed a training camp deal with the Phoenix Suns,[10] but was waived on December 19.[11]

Incheon ET Land Elephants (2021)

On February 28, 2021, Motley signed with Incheon ET Land Elephants of the Korean Basketball League[12] where he averaged 20.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks.[13]

Lokomotiv Kuban (2021–2022)

On August 3, 2021, Motley signed with Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League and the 7DAYS EuroCup.[13] He left the team after the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[14]

Fenerbahçe Beko (2022–present)

On June 20, 2022, Motley signed with Fenerbahçe Beko of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL), his first EuroLeague club.[15]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2017–18 Dallas 11 4 16.0 .533 .167 .536 4.5 .6 .3 .2 8.7
2018–19 L.A. Clippers 22 0 7.1 .534 .000 .600 2.3 .5 .2 .1 4.6
Career 33 4 10.1 .534 .111 .547 3.0 .5 .2 .2 6.0


  1. ^ "Baylor University 2016-17 Men's Basketball Roster". Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Brian (March 22, 2017). "Erratic no more: How Johnathan Motley became the centerpiece Baylor needed". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Grosbard, Adam. "Baylor's Johnathan Motley wins Karl Malone Award as nation's best power forward". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Baylor's Motley puts name in NBA draft without hiring agent". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Karalla, Bobby (July 3, 2017). "Mavericks sign Johnathan Motley to two-way contract". Archived from the original on August 4, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Jackson scores 24 as Pistons beat Mavericks 113-106 in OT". April 4, 2018. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Two-Way Forward Johnathan Motley". July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "NBAREPORT: Clippers decline qualifying offer for Johnathan Motley". June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "Report: Clippers re-sign Johnathan Motley to 2-way contract". July 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "SUNS SIGN MOORE, GALLOWAY, & JONES". November 30, 2020.
  11. ^ Adams, Luke (December 19, 2020). "Suns Release Johnathan Motley".
  12. ^ Skerletic, Dario (February 28, 2021). "Johnathan Motley joins Incheon Land Elephants". Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  13. ^ a b Carchia, Emiliano (August 3, 2021). "Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar lands Johnathan Motley". Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Leave or stay: American players in Russia".
  15. ^ "Johnathan Motley Fenerbahçe Beko'da" (in Turkish). Fenerbahçe. June 20, 2022. Retrieved June 20, 2022.

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