Joe Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6’7″ swingman played high school basketball for Little Rock Central High School and college basketball for the University of Arkansas. After two years with Arkansas, he declared for the 2001 NBA draft where he was drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics. The seven-time NBA All-Star has also played for the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks, while having also represented the United States national team.
On July 11, 2012, Johnson was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and a 2013 first round draft pick. After a slow start to the 2012–13 season, Johnson began to pick up his play in December, with a 32-point game against the Golden State Warriors on December 7 and a game-winning buzzer beater in double overtime against the Detroit Pistons on December 14. After scoring 33 points in a road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 2, he hit another game winner in double overtime two days later to beat the Washington Wizards. In a 113–111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on February 19, Johnson made the game-tying three-pointer with just under three seconds to go in regulation and went on to hit the game-winning pull-up jump shot in overtime. With this win, the Nets snapped a thirteen-game losing streak against the Bucks. The next game the Nets played, Johnson injured his left heel and was forced to miss three games. He made his return on March 1 against the Dallas Mavericks.
On November 15, 2013, Johnson made his first game-winning basket of the season against the Phoenix Suns as he went in for a layup to give the Nets their first road win of the 2013–14 season. On December 16, 2013, Johnson recorded a career-high 10 three-pointers in a 130–94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. In the third quarter, Johnson scored 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field including 8-of-10 three-pointers. On January 2, 2014, after the Nets were down by sixteen points, Johnson made his second game-winning basket of the season to lead the Nets to a 95–93 win to give Oklahoma City Thunder its second home loss of the season. Johnson later earned his seventh All-Star game selection.
In just the second game of the 2014–15 season on November 1, Johnson scored a season-high 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting to help the Nets defeat the Detroit Pistons, 102-90. On February 25, in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans, he became just the seventh player in NBA history to record 18,000 career points and 1,600 career three-pointers made.
On November 14, 2015, in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Johnson appeared in his 1,072nd NBA game, matching Michael Jordan for 77th on the all-time list. He also extended his streak of making at least one field goal to 890 games, the longest active streak.
Career highlights and awards
7× NBA All-Star (2007–2012, 2014)
All-NBA Third Team (2010)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2002)
Second-team All-SEC (2001)
SEC All-Freshman Team (2000)
Arkansas Mr. Basketball (1999)
Competitor for United States
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Japan National team