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Shooting guard Joe Johnson was grabbed by the Nets from the Atlanta Hawks as their biggest pickup of the summer. He will be looking to become the new big star of the basketball world in New York City.
Johnson is a six-time All-Star and a former All-NBA team member in large part because of his offensive prowess. He has scored more than 18 points per game and shot over 43 percent from the field for the past seven years in a row.
He is 31 years old, but his 2011 true shooting percentage of 56 and effective field goal percentage of 52 were both well above the league average and his own career average.
While Johnson is not known for putting up huge assist numbers, he is an above average passer for a shooting guard. He has been called an elite passer by some. More importantly, being thrown into a backcourt with star point guard Deron Williams opens up the opportunity for significant improvement in that department.
Optimistic Nets fans have at least some reason to hope that 2012 will be a career year for Johnson, who is not yet so old that he cannot learn a few new tricks.