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It's Been Iso Joe's Season... Just Not in the NBA
Iso Joe has been in killer form this year.
That is… in the Big3.
The Big3 league was founded 3 years ago by famous rapper and producer Ice Cube, and has featured an array of retired NBA legends and other hoopers from across the United States. The league has expanded to 12 teams in 2019 and features prominent players like Corey Maggette, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Stephen Jackson, and Amar’e Stoudemire. The league also features a series of elite coaches, such as Lisa Leslie, George Gervin, Julius Erving, and Nate Archibald.
But this season, the league received a superstar they didn’t know they needed: Joe Johnson. Johnson started this season as the captain of the new expansion team Triplets, coached by WNBA Legend Lisa Leslie and featuring role players Alan Anderson and Al Jefferson. Iso Joe led the Triplets to a 7-1 record, as well as a Big3 Championship. Johnson himself averaged 21.9 PPG and 3.9 APG, leading the league in both respects.
Johnson has used his explosion in the Big3 to his advantage.
His MVP performance has won him an opportunity to work out with the Bucks, Nets, and Pistons before training camp starts. All 3 of these teams are looking for veteran producers in the hope of making a deep playoff run.
But does Johnson have what it takes to be in the NBA still? Absolutely.
Johnson’s shooting abilities alone could win him a chance at NBA glory again. In the Big3, Johnson was 3rd in the league in made 3s (16) and 1st in 4-pointers (4). He showed his ability to shoot from deep in clutch situations, hitting a multitude of game winners throughout the season. Johnson also reminded NBA scouts of his unguardable mid-range jumper, leading the league in total field goals and PPG.
Johnson may be aging, but he deserves another shot at the league. And based on his Big3 performance, he just might get one.