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7-time All-Star Joe Johnson says he isn’t done with the NBA

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 04: Joe Johnson #1 of the Triplets speaks to the media after beating the 3 Headed Monsters 50-28 during BIG3 - Week Seven at Fiserv Forum on August 04, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/BIG3 via Getty Images)
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Joe Johnson believes he has more to give in the NBA. The seven-time All-Star has enjoyed much success since his last run in the association. Johnson, 40, has recently won his second consecutive BIG3 league MVP award. In addition, he also assisted team USA in qualifying for the FIBA AmeriCup tournament set for 2022. When asked about the possibility of coming back to the NBA, Johnson made his intentions clear.

“No, I’m not done. We’ll see what happens here… I don’t have nothing definite to tell you, to be honest with you. But, I’mma be out here to try to get things done.”

Joe Johnson

Johnson added in his brief interview that he “just love[s] hooping,” which shows as he continues to perform and thrive despite his age. We can’t know whether the longtime wingman will receive another shot on an NBA roster at this time. However, if his performance in the BIG3 has shown us anything, he can add depth to any team looking to compete.

Joe Johnson in the NBA

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 21: Joe Johnson #1 of Triplets looks to pass against Tri-State during a BIG3 game in Week Eight at the Orleans Arena on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for BIG3)
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Drafted tenth overall in the 2001 NBA draft, Joe Johnson started his professional career with the Boston Celtics. Other career standouts from his rookie class include Tony Parker, Pau Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph, Gerald Wallace, Gilbert Arenas, and Mehmet Okur.

After a slow start in Beantown, the Celtics traded Johnson amidst his rookie campaign to the Phoenix Suns. There, Johnson would show flashes of the all-star he eventually became. After three seasons in Phoenix, Johnson steadily improved, the skillful scorer made his way to Atlanta.

With the Hawks, Johnson would enjoy the peak of his NBA career. He averaged over 20 points a game (2005-2010). Moreover, six of his seven all-star game appearances came during his time in Atlanta. He later joined the Brooklyn Nets in 2012. Though he’d help them enjoy a brief stint among the upper class in the Eastern conference, at that point, his production went on the decline.

By 2016, Johnson had dropped to role-player status. However, he helped several teams in his last few years, including the Utah Jazz and Miami Heat. He may never go down as one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history, but Joe Johnson has proved his worth through his career.

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