Joe Johnson is the epitome of yelling “money” after every shot. In fact, with the Nets that was all he was, “money.”
Coming over from the Hawks in 2013, he was signed to one of the largest contracts in the league, making over $100 million, and had the responsibility to put a struggling franchise on the map in a new city.
Iso Joe, Joe Cool, Joe Jesus or whatever you want to call him, he left his mark in Brooklyn. He was never a lock to give you a highlight for SportsCenter, but you could pencil him in for at least 15 a night.
His weaknesses were often on the defensive end, but he made up for it on the offensive end, scoring in bunches and in key moments. And as Kevin Garnatt said:
"He might not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him."
Every once in a while you’d get something that would get talked about the next morning.
Whether it was stealing the soul of future teammate Paul Pierce with a downright vicious crossover, draining a 10 3-pointers in a game against the Sixers or one of his many clutch game-winners, his methodical style brought excitement to the team.
However you felt about the Nets inheriting his over-the-top contract, he was undoubtedly one of the most consistent Nets of the early Brooklyn Era. Now entering his twilight years, he has bounced from Miami to Utah to Houston in the last three years.
However, he is still gearing up for his 18th season in the league, looking for a contender who can put his jump shot to work for that elusive ring.