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

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2016

Miami Heat forward Joe Johnson, playing in his first game with the Heat, gestures as he runs down court in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Johnson had 12 points as the Heat defeated the Knicks 98-81. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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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:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Even if Miami had stayed in the tax the Joe Johnson signing would have been well worth it. Biggest acquisition pre and post trade deadline.

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)
PlacePlayerMade Threes
1Ray Allen2,973
2Reggie Miller2,560
3Jason Terry2,144
4Paul Pierce2,112
5Jason Kidd1,988
6Vince Carter1,910
7Jamal Crawford1,894
8Kyle Korver1,839
9Chauncey Billups1,830
10Joe Johnson1,798

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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