Heat adds experience in Johnson for playoff run

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Nets guard Joe Johnson gets a pass off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. AFP FILE PHOTO

Nets guard Joe Johnson gets a pass off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. AFP FILE PHOTO

MIAMI: Seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson signed with the Miami Heat on Sunday (Monday in manila) after having been released by the Brooklyn Nets.

The Heat hope that Johnson, a 34-year-old who can serve as both small forward and shooting guard, can provide a boost heading into the playoffs, with Miami ranking fourth in the Eastern Conference at 32-26.

In 57 games for the Nets this season, Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 85.2 percent from the foul line.

Johnson, a veteran of 15 NBA seasons and 10 playoff runs, is one of only five players in league history to produce at least 18,000 points, 4,500 assists, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 3-pointers.

He and Miami guard Dwyane Wade become the only players on the same team in the NBA to each have produced 18,500 points in their careers.

Over 1,119 career games, Johnson has averaged 17.0 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent from the foul line.

AFP

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