Joe Marcus Johnson (born June 29 1981 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is an NBA basketball player, currently a member of the Atlanta Hawks. After two seasons at the University of Arkansas, he was selected 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2001 NBA Draft. While playing for the Razorbacks, Johnson led the team in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per game, and rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, becoming the first freshman in the school's history to lead the team in both. He was the first Arkansas player since NBA player Corliss Williamson (1994-1995) to lead the team in scoring and rebounding.
Johnson started 33 of Boston's first 38 games as a rookie, but his playing time dwindled as the Celtics made a push for the playoffs for the first time since 1995. Midway through his rookie season, Johnson was acquired by the Phoenix Suns along with guards Randy Brown, Milt Palacio and a first round pick for veteran forward Rodney Rogers and guard Tony Delk on February 20 2002. Joe Johnson became a force as he averaged 16 and 17 ppg in his 2 seasons with the Suns. He also developed into one of the most lethal 3 point shooters in the NBA.
In the summer of 2005 Johnson became a restricted free agent and expressed a desire to leave the 62-20 Suns to assume a larger role on the perennial lottery-bound Atlanta Hawks. On July 31 2005 Johnson was involved in a sign-and-trade deal with the Atlanta Hawks for Boris Diaw and two future first-round picks.
Joe Johnson is currently leading the Atlanta Hawks with 20.3 ppg and 6.7 apg. He has 45.9% field goal percentage, 3-point percentage of .357 and free throw percentage of .798. He is also ranking 5th in triple-doubles in the league. He also led the league in minutes played during the 2004-05 season with 3,331.
Johnson scored a career high 42 points on March 7, 2006 vs. the Golden State Warriors and recorded a career high 17 assists on March 13 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks