BIG3 MVP Joe Johnson Signs One-Year Deal With Pistons

Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:46 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019 5:46 PM UTC

Joe Johnson's storybook season in the BIG3 has led him back to the NBA. Iso Joe has just signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.

<div><p>Johnson, who had 28 points, including a game-winner to help the Triplets beat the Killer 3s 50-39 and bring home the BIG3 Championship on September 1, <a href="" target="_blank">recently worked out</a> for the 76ers, Clippers, Bucks, Nuggets, Pistons and Nets and per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, he has agreed to a partially guaranteed one-year deal with the Pistons.</p><p><em>"Joe Johnson, a seven-time All-Star, is the first player to land an NBA deal out of Ice Cube's BIG3 league. Johnson is a reigning BIG3 championship and MVP award-winner."</em></p><p><a href=";book=Picks-Odds" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Joe Johnson became the best player in BIG3 history after leading the league in points, assists and 4-point shots. He was also the best scorer for the Triplets in every game and he hit six game-winners.</p><p>Iso Joe was unstoppable, he was named MVP after leading the BIG3 with 21.9 points and 3.9 assists per game in the regular season and finishing third with 7.5 rebounds per game and he set the BIG3 single-season points record (175) in his first year in the league. Johnson's decision to join the BIG3 was one of the bigger storylines of the season.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;MVP Joe Johnson knocks down a game winner in &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@theBIG3&lt;/a&gt; championship!!! &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;His 6th game winner this season. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— (@Ballislife) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 1, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>A seven-time All-Star, Joe Johnson played 17 seasons in the <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a>, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 1276 games (1091 starts) for the Celtics, Suns, Hawks, Nets, Heat, Jazz and Rockets and many, including me, believed he belonged back in the league.</p><p><em>"I am hopeful to get back, but I did not get in the BIG3 to get back to the 'league,'"</em> Johnson told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. <em>"I had a great career. I enjoyed the process. The only thing that keeps the NBA fire in the belly is how it ended in Houston. That just does not sit well with me. So if an opportunity comes along and I feel that it is worth it, yeah, I take that chance."</em></p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Welcome back Joe Johnson 🙏🏽&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@SLAMRewind&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— SLAM (@SLAMonline) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>The Pistons need as many potential scoring options as possible and they will present Johnson with an opportunity to earn minutes. The Detroit guard rotation does not have a traditional shooting guard with size and their wings don't get buckets consistently. Johnson can fill both voids.</p><p>The team relied on Blake Griffin to generate offense last season and his injury in the first round series against the Bucks was costly, as they scored a dismal 96.8 points per 100 possessions in those four games. The Pistons signed Derrick Rose to a two-year, $15 million contract and the talented guard, like Johnson, can create his own shot, which would help them be more competitive in a wide open Eastern Conference.</p><p><u><strong>Odds To Win The Eastern Conference<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Milwaukee Bucks +153</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers +260</p><p>Boston Celtics +675</p><p>Indiana Pacers +1125</p><p>Brooklyn Nets +1150</p><p>Toronto Raptors +2150</p><p>Miami Heat +2500</p><p>Orlando Magic +6000</p><p>Atlanta Hawks +7000</p><p>Detroit Pistons +10000</p><p>Chicago Bulls +18000</p><p>New York Knicks +25000</p><p>Washington Wizards +30000</p><p>Cleveland Cavaliers +75000</p><p>Charlotte Hornets +75000</p></div>
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