2011-12 stats (with Atlanta): 18.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, .8 spg, 1.9 to, 45% FG, 38.8% 3-pt FG.
2011-12 represented another quality effort from the 31-year-old All-Star guard Joe Johnson, as he led the Hawks to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and home-court advantage in a first round clash with the Celtics. He capped off his Hawks tenure with a disappointing playoff performance however, as he shot 37% from the field en route to a 6-game series defeat.
Once known as the quietest superstar in the NBA, Joe Johnson can be defined nowadays by his diminishing, yet still very potent, all around game. Johnson’s contributions to the Hawks over the last 7 seasons were invaluable to their success, and they were able to reach the playoffs in a majority of his seasons with the team.
Despite his regular season success, Johnson developed a habit of shying away from the playoff spotlight. A career 41.3% shooter in the playoffs, Johnson suffered from having to carry a greater offensive load than he was capable of, especially in his last few years with the Hawks. His top teammates were Al Horford and Josh Smith, but neither had the ability to win playoff games on the offensive end, forcing Johnson to assume a role he would not have had to take on in a perfect world.
Offseason report: Acquired from the Hawks for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams (all expiring contracts), DeShawn Stevenson, and a lottery protected first round pick in 2013 (via Houston).
Worth noting about Johnson is his enormous contract, one that scared away many teams and encouraged the Hawks to trade him away. Joe is set to make over $18 each of the next two seasons, the final two years on his record setting 6 year, $119 million contract he signed in the wacky free agent summer of 2010.
Prediction for 2012-13: Johnson will embrace his role as a supporting player on the team, a role that fits his skill set better than the starring role he had in Atlanta.
Johnson will likely flourish playing with a star playmaker like Deron Williams, as he is a fantastic finisher around the rim and possesses a deadly jumpshot. Bad shot selection plagued him in the past, but it was mostly out of necessity due to his lack of a second quality ball-handler on the floor. The days of forcing up horrible shots at the end of the shot clock are over for Johnson, as he will have the freedom to play off the ball in Brooklyn, which should lead to him attempting far more makeable shots in 2012-13. The Nets are a superb fit for Iso Joe and I expect his efficiency to go way up this coming season.
Predictions for 2012-13: 18 ppg, 3 apg, 4 rpg, .8 spg, 2 to, 46% FG, 40% 3-pt FG.
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