Joe Johnson Hits 1,800th Career 3-Pointer vs. Chicago Bulls

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Joe Johnson Hits 1,800th Career 3-Pointer vs. Chicago Bulls
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The Miami Heat signed veteran guard Joe Johnson on Saturday, and he waited a full three days to reach another career milestone.

The Heat noted on Twitter that Johnson made his 1,800th career triple Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls. The 34-year-old is in 10th place on the NBA’s all-time list for made three-pointers. 

This is not the only impressive fact on the seven-time All-Star's resume. According to NBA.com, "Johnson is one of only five players in NBA history to record at least 18,000 points, 4,500 assists, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 made three-point field goals."

The guard started the season on the Brooklyn Nets and averaged 11.8 points a night in 57 games. However, Brooklyn bought out his contract, which cleared the way for Miami to bring him aboard for a postseason push. 

Bobby Marks of The Vertical was impressed with Miami’s addition:

Johnson has been known as a three-point marksman throughout his career and has averaged at least one long ball a game for the past 13 seasons. He also posted more than two three-pointers a night in six of those campaigns during that streak. 

Basketball-Reference.com provided a look at his place among the game's best long-range shooters coming into Tuesday’s action:

NBA Career Three-Point Leaders (Coming into Tuesday)
Place Player Made Threes
1 Ray Allen 2,973
2 Reggie Miller 2,560
3 Jason Terry 2,144
4 Paul Pierce 2,112
5 Jason Kidd 1,988
6 Vince Carter 1,910
7 Jamal Crawford 1,894
8 Kyle Korver 1,839
9 Chauncey Billups 1,830
10 Joe Johnson 1,798

Basketball-Reference.com

In addition to his shooting, Johnson gives the Heat a veteran presence who has 87 career postseason games under his belt.

Chris Bosh's health concerns limit the overall ceiling for Miami come playoff time if he does not return, but Johnson is part of a talented core that could challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference. In addition to Johnson, Miami boasts future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, playmaker Goran Dragic, steady veteran Luol Deng and high-upside big man Hassan Whiteside.

Johnson provides an outside presence in that group as one of the best three-point shooters in league history who can take advantage of openings when opposing defenses collapse on Wade's penetration or Whiteside on the post.

The East is wide open outside of the Cavaliers and Raptors, and there was even a recent rumor of discord within the ranks of the defending conference champions, with Kyrie Irving potentially wanting out of Cleveland, per ESPN's Stephen A. Smith (h/t USA Today's Michael Singer). 

From a talent perspective, the Heat can play with anyone in the conference if Bosh returns, and Johnson’s outside shooting is an additional dimension that wasn't there at the start of the season. As long as Johnson continues to drain threes like he has throughout his career, Miami will be dangerous in the playoffs.

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