Joe Johnson is a six-time All-Star and one of the better shooting guards in the league. He hasn't scored less than 18.2 points per game in the last six years, but is more famous for how overpaid he is.
The Nets made a huge move in trading for Johnson, and will count on him to help lead this team to the playoffs and beyond. They need him. The weird thing is he might need them more than he realizes.
His stock has gone down dramatically the last few years and his career is desperate for a revival. There isn't a better place than the new-look Brooklyn Nets to do so. He will be in the public eye from the first game, and can show the nation he is still a premium NBA shooting guard.
Read on for five reasons why Joe Johnson will revitalize his career with the Brooklyn Nets.
Other than the movement of players this offseason, the moving of the former New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn is the talk of the NBA.
And it will continue to be throughout the season.
The Brooklyn Nets are the only NBA team moving cities this year, and couldn't have picked a better place to call home than the Barclays Center. The Barclays Center is a state of the art arena the Nets and their fans will cherish for years to come.
New York never fails to produce awes and the Barclays Center will have all eyes of the NBA world on it when the first home game tips on November 1st against the New York Knicks.
Brooklyn is the perfect place for Joe Johnson to revitalize his career. No disrespect to Atlanta, but it's simply not the market New York is. New York has exponentially more exposure than Atlanta and will give the nation more chances to watch Johnson play.
If there's anything this offseason has taught us, it's that the Brooklyn Nets are going to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. They have positioned themselves to be a top tier team for years to come.
The Nets were one of the most active players this offseason, and came away with quite the haul.
The team re-signed key free agents Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries. They traded for Joe Johnson, and signed CJ Watson, Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans.
Their starting five (Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Humphries and Lopez) is one of the better lineups in the league, and it gives the team a great chance at a very good record and a playoff run.
The best players on the best teams always get the most press and national coverage. Johnson is a top talent on the team and could use the national media coverage.
The Atlanta Hawks had plenty of talented players during Joe Johnson's tenure, but never did they have a starting five like the Brooklyn Nets will have.
Putting Deron Williams, Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez on the court at the same time will mean serious trouble for opposing defenses. It should raise the question of who to guard in key situations.
In Atlanta, defenses could key on Johnson because it was almost certain he would take the key shot or initiate the offense. Now, defenses have to be honest with him. They can't double him for risk of any of the other four starters getting a good look.
Johnson can use this talent to his advantage. He should see less double teams and more one on one coverage. As a 6'8" and 225-lb shooting guard, not many NBA shooting guards can effectively defend that kind of size one on one.
That could lead to an increase in quality shots taken and made, which in turn leads to an uptick of his stats. People can doubt a player's talent, but one can never doubt a player's stats.
Stats are real, and Joe Johnson could put up a lot of them in Brooklyn.
Joe Johnson has dominated the ball for the past six seasons in Atlanta and, while he won't have the ball as much, he now has pieces around him that compliment his skills. Johnson is a volume scorer, below average rebounder (for his size), willing passer (but would rather shoot) and decent defender.
Deron Williams loves to pass the rock and is more than capable of getting Johnson open. Williams is an above average scorer, but is also smart enough to realize when Johnson needs the ball and how to get it to him.
Gerald Wallace is the kind of energy player that every team wishes they had. He gives his all on every play, especially on the defensive side. His versatility and quickness should mask some of Johnson's defensive faults and give the team a little defensive insurance should Johnson not give his best effort at all times.
Kris Humphries is a very solid rebounding power forward and has the size to bang down low. He doesn't demand the ball and is capable of snatching up offensive rebounds for easy put backs. He also sets good screens, which will only help free up Johnson.
Brook Lopez is capable scorer but does so more effectively on the low post. According to basketball-reference, Lopez has only shot 199-539 for 37 percent on shots from 16' to the three-point line. That means space for Johnson to operate should be opened up once Lopez takes a higher percentage of shots down low.
Johnson will have the freedom to score, reliable teammates to pass to and solid defensive teammates.
Players who become coaches, as Avery Johnson did, instantly gain the respect of their players for the simple fact that they've been in the same spot as the current players. They know what the daily grind of the NBA is like.
Brooklyn Net head coach Avery Johnson not only has experience coaching stars (Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams), he has championship coaching and playing experience. He knows what it takes to get there and has shown the ability to effectively lead a team.
Coach Johnson will not go to the "Iso-Joe" offense (as Mike Woodson and Larry Drew did) and will challenge Joe Johnson to get better as an all-around player.