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Joe Johnson
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Joe Johnson with the Hawks in 2008.
Atlanta Hawks  – No. 2
Shooting guard
Born June 29, 1981 (1981-06-29) (age 28)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
League NBA
Salary $14,976,754
High school Little Rock Central
College Arkansas
Draft 10th overall, 2001
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2001–present
Former teams Boston Celtics (2001-02)
Phoenix Suns (2002-05)
Awards 3-time NBA All-Star
(2007, 2008, 2009),
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
(2002)
Profile Info Page
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
World Championships
Bronze 2006 Japan National team

Joe Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player, currently a member of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and a former member of the U.S. national team. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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College career

Johnson was offered scholarships from Duke, Connecticut, and other schools with excellent basketball reputations, but chose the Arkansas Razorbacks because it was his dream to play for them.


While playing for the Razorbacks, Johnson led the team in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game, and rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, becoming the first freshman in the school's history to lead the team in both.

NBA career

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Boston Celtics

After playing two seasons at the University of Arkansas, Johnson was selected 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2001 NBA Draft.

Johnson started 33 of Boston's first 38 games as a rookie, but his playing time dwindled as the Celtics made a push for the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 1995. Midway through his rookie season, Johnson was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with guards Randy Brown, Milt Palacio and a first round pick for veteran forward Rodney Rogers and guard Tony Delk on February 20, 2002.

Phoenix Suns

Johnson became a force with Phoenix as he averaged 15.2 points per game in his three and a half seasons with the Suns. He also developed into one of the most lethal three-point shooters in the NBA. He is notorious for his great ball-handling ability considering his size, and for his jump shot.

In the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Joe Johnson required surgery due to a left orbital bone fracture after dunking a basketball. Because of the injury, Johnson wore a face mask for the rest of the playoffs. The Suns lost to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs, 4 games to 1.

Atlanta Hawks

Johnson (#2) shoots a three against the Boston Celtics during the 2008 NBA playoffs.

In the summer of 2005, Johnson became a highly touted restricted free agent and expressed a desire to leave the Suns to assume a larger role on the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson grew upset with Phoenix's initial offers to re-sign him feeling they were well below his market value. This rift eventually led to Johnson requesting the Suns not match Atlanta's $70 million offer. On August 19, 2005, a deal was finalized and Johnson was involved in a sign-and-trade deal with the Hawks for Boris Diaw and two future first-round draft picks.[1]

In his first season as a Hawk, Johnson led the Atlanta Hawks in several categories: points (20.2 per game), assists (6.5), and steals (1.26), three-point field goals made (128), and minutes (40.7). He was only one of five players in the league to average at least 20 points and six assists in the 2005-06 season. Johnson was the only Hawk to play in all 82 games and extended his current league-leading consecutive games played streak to 346 as of November 25, 2006.

On March 5, 2006, he was one of 23 NBA players named to the 2006-08 U.S. men's senior national team.

Johnson scored a career-high 42 points on March 7, 2006 against the Golden State Warriors[2] and recorded a career-high 17 assists in March 13, 2006 Hawks loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.[3] He recorded his first career triple-double on February 1, 2006 with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats.[4]

He played for the U.S. national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning a bronze medal.[5]

Johnson continued his development in the 2006–07 season, when he averaged 25.0 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.05 steals per game. His 25.0 scoring average was behind only Allen Iverson among qualifying NBA guards, and ninth-best overall. Johnson also shot a career-best 47.1% from the field. Johnson was named by league commissioner David Stern to the 2007 Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing the injured Jason Kidd (back).

Johnson's scoring average had increased in each season of his 6-year NBA career through 2006-07.

In 2008, Johnson made the 2008 All-Star Game as a reserve. He also was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice during the season.[6] Johnson averaged 21.7 points per game on the season, leading the Hawks to their first playoff appearance in 9 years. In Game 4 of the Hawks' first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics, Johnson scored 35 points, including 20 in the 4th quarter, leading the Hawks to a 97-92 victory.[7] The Hawks went on to lose the series four games to three.[8]

He registered his second career triple-double on December 23, 2008 in a Hawks win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.[9]

He eclipsed the 10,000-point plateau for his career with his first basket during a 110-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on January 31, 2009, a bank shot assisted by Marvin Williams.[10]

Career transactions

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Boston 48 33 20.9 .439 .273 .769 2.9 1.5 .7 .2 6.3
2001–02 Phoenix 29 27 31.5 .420 .333 .778 4.1 3.6 .9 .4 9.6
2002–03 Phoenix 82 34 27.5 .397 .366 .774 3.2 2.6 .8 .2 9.8
2003–04 Phoenix 82 77 40.6 .430 .305 .750 4.7 4.4 1.1 .3 16.7
2004–05 Phoenix 82 82 39.5 .461 .478 .750 5.1 3.5 1.0 .3 17.1
2005–06 Atlanta 82 82 40.7 .453 .356 .791 4.1 6.5 1.3 .4 20.2
2006–07 Atlanta 57 57 41.4 .471 .381 .748 4.2 4.4 1.0 .2 25.0
2007–08 Atlanta 82 82 40.8 .432 .381 .834 4.5 5.8 1.0 .2 21.7
2008-09 Atlanta 79 79 39.5 .437 .360 .826 4.4 5.8 1.1 .2 21.4
2009-10 Atlanta 11 11 37.8 .458 .319 .863 5.6 4.8 0.8 .1 23.0
Career 634 564 36.8 .441 .373 .791 4.2 4.4 1.0 .3 17.3
All-Star 3 0 17.7 .400 .333 .000 .3 1.3 .7 .0 5.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Phoenix 6 0 27.3 .275 .154 .400 4.3 1.3 .7 .3 5.3
2004–05 Phoenix 9 9 39.4 .504 .556 .697 4.3 3.3 1.1 .4 18.8
2007–08 Atlanta 7 7 39.3 .409 .444 .909 3.9 4.0 .3 .0 20.0
2008–09 Atlanta 11 11 39.0 .417 .353 .622 4.5 3.5 1.3 .0 16.4
Career 33 27 37.1 .423 .420 .716 4.3 3.2 .9 .2 15.8

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