One of the purest jump shooters of the last decade is offering an interesting take on Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons.
Speaking this week with TMZ Sports, former NBA swingman Joe Johnson, a seven-time career All-Star, pushed back on the notion of Simmons’ jumper being broken.
“I honestly don’t think nothing’s wrong with it,” said Johnson. “Obviously, you see him playing pickup basketball shooting jumpers, fadeaways, threes. So we all know it’s there.
“He just has to take that same confidence that he has in pickup and translate it to an NBA game,” Johnson added. “That’s it. You’re gonna miss and make shots. You can’t worry about the misses. He’s just got to continue to take them. It’s a psyche thing. It’s confidence. When he step on the court, he has to have the utmost confidence because talent-wise, it’s there.”
Johnson, who played 18 years in the league, was a solid three-point shooter. He hit 37.1 percent for his career from deep, topping 40 percent in multiple seasons, and even competed in the Three Point Contest a couple of times.
Simmons has a long way to go to get there, to say the absolute least. He has only attempted 36 threes in his entire career, regular season and playoffs, connecting on a whopping five of them. Simmons’ extreme hesitance to even think about attempting a shot outside of the paint severely caps his team’s upside and has led to countless jokes and memes. If Johnson is right that Simmons’ problem is one with confidence, even that may be too much for Simmons to overcome entering his fifth career NBA season.
Joe Johnson starred for many years with the Brooklyn Nets. Now he could end up with one of the Nets’ biggest conference rivals.
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported on Tuesday that the seven-time All-Star has a workout scheduled later this week with the Milwaukee Bucks. The team currently has one open roster spot to fill.
The 39-year-old Johnson has not played in the NBA since 2018. He recently starred in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league and became the first player to get an NBA contract after playing in the BIG3. Johnson received the contract from the Detroit Pistons in 2019 but was waived before the season began.
Milwaukee would be an intriguing destination for Johnson. He used to be teammates with Bucks center Brook Lopez in Brooklyn, with Bucks forward PJ Tucker in Houston, and with Bucks guard Jeff Teague in Atlanta.
The Bucks have also previously had interest in Iso Joe, who could offer them scoring punch off the bench at best and quality playoff experience at worst.
Joe Johnson spent a season in the BIG3 last year where he led the league in several offensive categories en route to an MVP award, and the performance was enough to convince an NBA team that he can still contribute.
Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons that is partially guaranteed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Johnson, a seven-time NBA All-Star, played with the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz during the 2017-18 season before he signed with the BIG3. He averaged 6.8 points per game over 55 games in his time between the two teams. Johnson, who turned 38 in June, has averaged 16.0 points per game during his NBA career.
Johnson led the Triplets to a BIG3 championship, and he is the first player from the league to sign an NBA contract. There was talk recently that he was working out for several top contending teams, so he may have had options to choose from.
After a successful BIG3 campaign, Joe Johnson is eyeing a route back to the NBA.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Johnson is set to visit the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets next week in a bid to return to the league.
Johnson last played in the NBA in 2017-18, when he split the season between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. He featured in the BIG3 league this season, where he was a massive success, winning a league title and an MVP award.
The 38-year-old, who has been linked with an NBA return for a while, would be the first major figure to parlay BIG3 success into another NBA opportunity.
Joe Johnson may have just parlayed his excellent season in the BIG3 into another shot in the NBA.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported on Wednesday that the seven-time All-Star is currently in Philadelphia for a workout with the Sixers this week. Spears also said that Johnson is expected to work out for the LA Clippers, the Denver Nuggets, and the Milwaukee Bucks as well.
The now 38-year-old Johnson earned BIG3 MVP honors this season with the Tri-State Triplets, who are playing in the league’s title game this Sunday. He last played in the NBA in the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 6.0 points in 22.0 minutes per game for the Houston Rockets.
The BIG3 has been in the news more because of controversy lately, but getting one of their players back into the NBA would be a massive step for the league.
The Houston Rockets are reportedly poised to add another weapon in their bid to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the west.
Various reports emerged Saturday morning indicating that Joe Johnson, who will soon be bought out by the Sacramento Kings, will join the Houston Rockets once he can do so.
There were expected to be some high-profile suitors for Johnson, but the Rockets have won the race. It’s unclear how far down the road Johnson got in talks with anyone else. The 36-year-old wasn’t a huge factor on the Utah Jazz this season, but he did average 12.9 points per game in a primarily reserve role for them last season. That’s the kind of contribution Houston will be hoping for.
The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.
Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.
1) Derrick Rose, Jazz
Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.
2) Joe Johnson, Kings
The NBA buyout market is going to be an active one, and Joe Johnson may end up being its biggest prize.
Johnson was traded to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, but is expected to be granted a buyout. Once he does, the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will reportedly be in pursuit.
Johnson still has a good bit left to give. His role with the Utah Jazz had been reduced this season, but he’s still shooting 42 percent from the field. His three point shooting has tanked, but a change of scenery may be just what he needs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their backcourt at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and Derrick Rose is on his way out of town in addition to Isaiah Thomas.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Jazz and Kings. Rose and Jae Crowder are heading to Utah, and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert are being sent to Sacramento.
But that’s not all. The Cavs are also trading Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.
The news came almost immediately after the Cavs traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland has had serious chemistry problems this season, and they are clearer determined to get younger for the stretch run.
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard won in more ways than just one on Saturday night.
After Lillard exploded for a career-high 59 points to lead the Blazers to the 101-86 victory over the Utah Jazz, he made this classy gesture to veteran Jazz swingman Joe Johnson, who scored his 20,000th career point during the game, per Jason Quick of CSN Northwest.
While Lillard’s 59 was also a Blazers franchise single-game scoring record, he has always been one to go to bat for his fellow players, even those on the opposition. So despite his slight reputation for pettiness, the two-time All-NBA selection seems like one of the true class acts in the Association today.