Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce looked finished to start the season and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez have dealth with serious injury issues all year. Throughout it all, Joe Johnson has been the Brooklyn Nets most consistent player and he was rewarded on Thursday when it was announced that he was named to the NBA All-Star team.
“On behalf of the entire Nets organization, I want to congratulate Joe on his selection to the 2014 All-Star game,” Nets General Manager Billy King said in a statement. “Joe epitomizes what a true professional is, and we are thrilled at this honor.”
Johnson has appeared in all but one of the Nets games this season. He has averaged 16.8 points with 3.6 rebounds per 36 minutes and a true shooting percentage of 55.3 (all of those numbers are an improvement on 2012-13). He’s continued to play great in the clutch and his 38.6 three-point shooting percentage is among the highest in his career.
This is the seventh time that Joe Jesus has been picked for the game. He’s the 14th Nets player in their history to be selected to the game. Jason Kidd (five), Buck Williams (three) and Vince Carter (three) are the only ones to be selected more than once.