Joe Johnson Eyeing NBA Comeback

Billy Woods | August 30th, 2019

Former seven-time all-star shooting guard Joe Johnson is currently attempting an NBA comeback at the young age of 38. Johnson last played in the 2017-2018 season with the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets, where he played a total of 55 games and averaged 6.8 points per game on 40.6% shooting from the field.

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Johnson spent this past season playing for Ice Cube’s Big3 league. The league was formed in 2017 as a three versus three style of basketball for retired NBA players. The league quickly gained popularity, with numerous former stars reaching out to Cube and wanting to compete in the league. Johnson was one of those players, and in just his first season he won the Big3 regular season MVP award with total season numbers of 175 points and 31 assists, leaguing the lead in both categories.

With his recent success in the Big3 league, Johnson has been contacted by multiple NBA teams who are interested in scheduling workouts with the veteran. Johnson already has a workout planned with the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, and is sparking interest from other teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Denver Nuggets and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Johnson is the perfect veteran to add to both a young roster and a championship contending roster. In both cases, he’s able to provide valuable minutes coming off the bench, allowing for rest to the teams’ main offensive attractions. Whatever team lands Johnson will be in automatic supply of isolation plays that end in successful baskets.

From 2001 to 2018, Johnson appeared in seven all-star games while averaging 16 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. When evaluating his career, Johnson could potentially become the quietest hall-of-fame player of all-time. His career averages and accolades align with other players in the weak NBA Hall-of-Fame. Regardless, all roads point to Iso Joe stepping on the NBA court this upcoming season.

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