Five Things Joe Johnson Instantly Brings to the Miami Heat

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Joe Johnson will be officially joining the Miami Heat after signing a prorated minimum contract with the team on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Johnson isn’t the seven-time All-Star he once was, but he still brings scoring and three-point shooting to the table for a team that simply lacks in both areas.

The Eastern Conference—beyond the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors as the top two seeds—is literally a guessing game. The third-seeded Boston Celtics are just four games ahead of the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls. The Heat are currently fourth in the conference with a 32-26 record, just a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks.

While there was no way a past-his-prime Johnson was going to carry a terrible Brooklyn Nets team, he can still make a valuable contribution as a rotation player on a talented Heat team. The former Nets swingman won’t be depended upon to carry the scoring load, create shots, or even be one of Miami’s top four or five players.

In other words, there is no more pressure on Johnson, because he is no longer being paid $25 million a year.

Here are five things that the former All-Star brings to the table for the Heat:

1. Three-Point Shooting


Johnson will mostly be used as a spot-up shooter in Miami.

The Heat have two guys in Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade who absolutely dominate the basketball. Johnson will probably play with Wade while coming off the bench as part of a large backcourt duo.

The 6’7″ swingman won’t have to carry the scoring load and he sure as heck won’t be playing 34 minutes per game like he was doing in Brooklyn. At his age and with his current skill set, he’s probably best suited for 20-to-25 minutes per game.

All that will be expected of Johnson is similar scoring to what he provided in Brooklyn this season (11.8 points per game) and a little bit of that three-point shooting spark (37.1 three-point shooting percentage) that he is still capable of at an advanced age.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.