Joe Johnson (basketball)

Joe Johnson (Basketball)

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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.

Early years

Johnson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Little Rock Central High School, where he was a standout basketball player.

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.

Professional career

Boston Celtics (2001–2002)

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 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 (2002–2005)

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...
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