Joe Johnson All-Star Release
ATLANTA'S JOE JOHNSON TO REPLACE NEW
JERSEY'S JASON KIDD IN 2007 NBA ALL-STAR GAME
ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 14, 2007) - The NBA announced today that Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson will represent the Eastern Conference at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 18. Johnson is Atlanta's first All-Star since Shareef Abdur-Rahim was named to the midseason classic in 2002.
"I'm happy and excited to be named to the Eastern Conference team," Johnson said. "Obviously, I'm looking forward to my first All-Star experience. It's a tremendous honor and accomplishment for me, my coaches, teammates and the organization."
"This is great news for Joe and our organization," Hawks head coach Mike Woodson said. "He's put himself in this position by playing like an All-Star all season long. We feel he's one of the top players in the league, and this selection validates it. He's my first All-Star player as a coach and I hope he has a great time, and takes home wonderful memories."
The NBA's tenth-leading scorer (25.1 ppg), Johnson is also averaging 4.3 apg (40th in the league), 4.2 rpg and 1.0 spg in 40.9 mpg (t2nd). Additionally, he ranks 6th in the NBA in FGM (444), t9th in 3FGM (102) and 39th in 3FG% (.386).
Johnson owns 16 30-point games on the year (Hawks are 11-5 in those contests), and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on November 13. Durable and dependable, Johnson saw his NBA-best consecutive games streak snapped at 376, when he sat out at Sacramento on December 10 due to a right calf strain. He missed a total of four contests, the only games he's missed due to injury in his six-year career.
After spending last summer as a member of the historic USA Men's Senior National
Team, Johnson began
the season by scoring 25 or more points in each of the first seven games,
setting a franchise record. He has
posted at least that many in 29-of-47 games, reaching double figures in every game, and leading Atlanta in scoring 35 times.