Houston Rockets: Creating the all-time, one-year starting five

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Houston Rockets Starting SG – Joe Johnson

In another case of getting a proven star too late in their career, Joe Johnson is easily the best one-year shooting guard that’s ever played for the Houston Rockets. Beginning his career playing for both the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns in the 2001-02 season, Johnson made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, showing his potential right away.

The 6-7 combo guard established himself as an NBA star in 2006 with the Atlanta Hawks, earning an NBA All-Star nod for six straight seasons. Johnson became known for his ability to create his own shot as well as his calm, collected nature in crunch time situations.


Over the course of his 17-year career, Johnson averaged 13-plus points per game for four different NBA franchises: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Phoenix and Miami. By the time he showed up in Houston, however, he was 36-years-old and playing about 22 minutes per game.

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Johnson averaged 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds with the Rockets in 23 games played, including a 16-point outing against the Phoenix Suns in March 2018. A yougner version of Iso Joe certainly could have made a difference if he found his way to the Rockets earlier in his career.

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