Johnson named an All-Star reserve
January, 30, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson was named an All-Star for the seventh time in his career Thursday night.
Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY SportsJoe Johnson will make his seventh All-Star appearance.
Johnson was selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference coaches.
In 42 games this season, Johnson is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33.7 minutes. He is shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent from the free throw stripe.
Johnson has been Brooklyn’s most consistent player all season. He has hit two game-winning buzzer-beaters (Nov. 15 in Phoenix and Jan. 2 in Oklahoma City), and he drained a career-high 10 3-pointers Dec. 16 against Philadelphia.
Johnson tweeted that he was glad to make the team.
Very honored to be selected to NBA AllStar.— Joe Johnson 4real (@TheJoeJohnson7) January 31, 2014
Lowry's teammate, Patrick Patterson, tweeted that he didn't think Johnson should've made it over Kyle Lowry.
Comparing Kyle Lowry & Joe Johnson.. Kyle numbers are better & he's on a winning team. So how is he not the obvious choice? #Raptors— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) January 31, 2014
Rounding out the East reserves: Chris Bosh, Roy Hibbert, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Joakim Noah and John Wall.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game takes place in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
Many will likely argue that Kyle Lowry (16.8 ppg, 7.6 apg, 4.3 rpg) and Lance Stephenson (14.2 ppg, 5.3 apg, 7.1 rpg) were more worthy candidates than Johnson, but it doesn’t matter.
Between them, the Nets have now made a combined 37 All-Star teams: Kevin Garnett (15), Paul Pierce (10), Johnson (seven), Deron Williams (three), Brook Lopez (one) and Andrei Kirilenko (one).
Johnson previously made the All-Star team six times as an Atlanta Hawk.