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Joe Johnson
SG/SF/PF - 6'7, 240lbs - 42 years old - 18 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2022 season
  • Birthdate: 06/29/1981
  • Drafted (NBA): 10th pick, 2001
  • Pre-draft team: Arkansas
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2001 NBA DraftNBADrafted 10th overall by Boston.
10th July, 2001NBASigned four year, $7,547,514 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team option for 2004/05.
20th February, 2002NBATraded by Boston, along with Milt Palacio, Randy Brown and a 2002 first round pick (#22, Casey Jacobsen), to Phoenix in exchange for Rodney Rogers and Tony Delk.
24th October, 2003NBAPhoenix exercised 2004/05 team option.
19th August, 2005NBASigned and traded by Phoenix with a five year, $67,441,891 contract to Atlanta in exchange for Boris Diaw, a 2006 first round pick (#21, Rajon Rondo) and a 2008 first round pick (#15, Robin Lopez).
8th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Atlanta to a six year, $123,658,089 contract.
11th July, 2012NBATraded by Atlanta to Brooklyn in exchange for Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, a signed-and-traded DeShawn Stevenson, Johan Petro, a protected first round pick (#18, 2003, Shane Larkin), the right to swap 2014 first round picks (not exercised), the right to swap 2015 first round picks (exercised; Atlanta moved from #29 and Chris McCullough) to #15 and Kelly Oubre) and a 2017 second round pick (#31, Frank Jackson).
25th February, 2016NBAWaived by Brooklyn.
27th February, 2016NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Miami.
8th July, 2016NBASigned a two year, $21,505,000 contract with Utah.
8th February, 2018NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Utah to Sacramento, along with cash, and along with Rodney Hood to Cleveland, in exchange for Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and the right to swap 2024 second-round picks from Cleveland.
11th February, 2018NBAWaived by Sacramento.
14th February, 2018NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Houston.
Career Moves
1999 - 2001Arkansas (NCAA)
June 2001 - February 2002Boston Celtics (NBA)
February 2002 - July 2005Phoenix Suns (NBA)
August 2005 - July 2012Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
July 2012 - February 2016Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
February 2016 - June 2016Miami Heat (NBA)
July 2016 - February 2018Utah Jazz (NBA)
February 2018Sacramento Kings (NBA)
February 2018 - June 2018Houston Rockets (NBA)
Articles about Joe Johnson

September 4, 2018

After playing well in a part-season at a new position of power forward on the minimum salary for the Miami Heat down the stretch of the 2015-16, Johnson signed for big money the following summer to do the same for the Utah Jazz. In the first year with them, he did so, being a productive half court offensive player via a barrage of floaters and turnarounds. Last year, however, Johnson looked slowed, losing his scoring efficiency (a .542% true shooting mark plummeted to .490%) while being ever more attacked defensively. With career-lows in his advanced stats across the board, the Johnson of last season is no longer an NBA player. The Johnson of the year before, though, was. And so he may get one more contract if is believed that last year was just an aberration.

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June 29, 2018

Joe Johnson
SF/PF – 6’7, 240lbs - 36 years old - 17 years of experience

Iso Joe was brought in for the late season run by the Rockets, having been traded by the Jazz and bought out without playing by the Kings. This, sadly, looks to be the end of the road though. For both Utah and Houston, Johnson was a big net negative this season.

For both teams, Johnson was a big hole to try and hide defensively. He has been for a few years, and in recent times it has been decided that the default power forward spot was the one to put him on. In reality, hiding Joe Johnson on defence meant putting him on the opposition’s weakest offensive player and not switching when that player immediately went and set about 85 ball screens. That is not a recipe for success.

It used to be worthwhile to do that Johnson when he would go back and get them on the other end. That Joe Johnson however left us this season. Johnson had no legs in his jump shot all year, and while he would still slowly spin in the lane and post up for his fallaways, the same lack of explosion stopped them going in much anymore. Short of creators, the Rockets at times asked Johnson to be a handler and creator, but that is not there anymore either. All the savvy in the world doesn’t mean much if you can’t run fast enough.

The downside to the well-intended Iso Joe nickname was always going to be that, when his ability to keep up with the NBA game went, so would Johnson’s career. He would not be able to extend his career by playing a low-usage, off-screens type of game. Never did, and never now will. It seems we have reached the end game, unless he can find one big second wind.

Player Plan: Expiring prorated minimum salary contract. Allow to leave.

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June 29, 2017

Joe Johnson
SG/SF/PF, 6’7, 240lbs, 35 years old, 16 years of experience

Not able to get all the way to the rim any longer, Johnson’s game is either catch-and-shoot three-pointers, or mid-range jump shots and floats, both areas at which he is quite good in. The off-the-dribble or fall-away mid-ranger is not hugely inefficient; it is however hard to guard, and a reliable option in the half court. Johnson was a reliable piece of veteran savvy, and the career-low numbers are more representative of a reduced role born out of aging than anything else. Iso Joe can still get his, and in the playoffs too if needs be.

Player Plan: One year and $10,505,000 remaining. Let him play it out while grooming long term options for his spot.

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June 9, 2011

[...] Ironically, Joe Johnson would be a somewhat perfect fit for Chicago right now. But unfortunately, Joe Johnson still has five years and $107,333,589 remaining on his maximum salary contract given to him by the Hawks, whom he just led to 44 wins and an ultimately rather purposeless second round exit. When the 29 year old fourth best player at his position gets the fifth biggest contract in the history of the sport, consider yourselves outbid.

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August 12, 2010

In this current economic climate, NBA franchises are imploring to us that they're losing too much money and need to redraft the entire collective bargaining agreement, while also continuing to throw the gross national product of Micronesia at a whole host of players that don't deserve it. (Memphis are as guilty of this as anyone, with their wildly excessive max contract to Rudy Gay.) While complaining with one arse that their expenditure outweighs their income, owners are using their second arse to wildly overpay the underdeserving, greatly increasing that expenditure level while under pressure from nothing but their own aspirations. We're looking at an impending lockout a mere 11 months after learning that Johan Petro got an 8 figure contract. Joe Johnson got the fifth highest contract in the history of the sport. Rudy Gay got the max. Chewbacca lives on Endor. It does not make sense.

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June 27, 2010

Jon Barry talks of whether the Hawks can "reshine Joe Johnson." It's true, JJ did rather lose his shine in the playoffs. Barry then correctly points out that the Hawks played far too much isolation basketball, but he believes the cure for his is a post-up threat. For me, the cure is a new playbook. The Hawks didn't NEED to play so much one on one basketball; Mike Woodson just made them do it. Get rid of that, and their offense should improve by default. Less switches on defense should help too.

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June 14, 2010

[...] "Lacking only a superstar" would be a ridiculous statement were they not ideally set up to get one right now. In this precedent-free summer, an unbelievable number of superstars could or will be available via free agency, ranging from the best player in the world (LeBron James) to some of the game's very best big men (Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Primoz Brezec, Carlos Boozer, even Yao Ming), all the way down to the superstar hometown boy (Dwyane Wade). There's also David Lee, one of the most maligned players in the NBA today, as well as Joe Johnson, who is guaranteed to be the next Jalen Rose for whoever signs him.

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