Seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson is back playing basketball. But he’s not playing in the NBA. Johnson is competing in The Basketball Tournament. Founded in 2014, The Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament played each summer.
This year’s tournament features 24 teams with a $1 million winner-take-all prize. The team that wins splits the money up evenly with players and coaches. Johnson gets to show that he still can play.
A look at Joe Johnson’s basketball career
During his NBA career, Johnson was one of the top players in the league. He began his career with the Boston Celtics during the 2001-02 season. As a rookie, he played 48 games with the Celtics and averaged 6.3 points per game, and then he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he played in 29 games and averaged 9.6 points per game. He spent the next three seasons playing for the Suns and became a starter during his last two seasons. During the 2004-05 season, he averaged 17.1 points per game, which was a career-high for him.
After his time in Phoenix, he became a member of the Atlanta Hawks. In his first season with the Hawks, he led the team in scoring, assists, steals, 3-point field goals made, and minutes. During the 2005-06 season, he was one of five players in the NBA to average at least 20 points and six assists. Johnson made his first All-Star team in 2007. From 2007 to 2012, he made the All-Star team and played his best basketball of his career.
Johnson was a talented scorer and always wanted the ball in his hands when the game was on the line. He also hit some big shots in his career. In 2014 he made his last All-Star team as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. He played for a total of seven teams throughout his NBA career. The last time Johnson played in the NBA was during the 2017-18 season. He played for the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets. In 2019 he did return to the NBA and signed with the Detroit Pistons but was waived before the season started. For his career, he’s averaging 16 points, four rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Before joining the Pistons during the preseason, he played in the BIG3 league and was named Big3 MVP and won the Big3 championship.
The team that Joe Johnson is playing with has had a lot of success
Johnson is playing with the Overseas Elite during The Basketball Tournament. Overseas Elite knows a thing or two about winning. The team consists of professional players that play outside of the NBA. The team won the tournament four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018. Overseas Elite won a total of $7 million over those four years.
The team has become one of the favorites since the tournament started, and now they have another weapon on their team in Johnson. There have been some players on the team throughout the years that have had NBA experience. With the addition of Johnson, Overseas Elite will certainly have a target on their backs.
Overseas Elite won their first game
With the tournament being single elimination, every game is important. Each game that a team wins gets them that much closer to the prize money. Coming into the tournament, Overseas Elite is one of the top teams and received a goodbye in the first round. They played in the Super 16 and defeated Armored Athlete 76-70.
Johnson started the game and scored 13 points shooting six-for-nine from the field. He also finished with five rebounds and four assists. People were excited to see Johnson back on the court, and he can help Overseas Elite win another championship this year.