Joe Marcus Johnson was born on 29 June 1981, in Little Rock, Arkansas USA, to Sara Dianne Johnson. He is a professional basketball player, a new swingman for the Miami Heat of the NBA. Prior to the Heat, he played for the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets.
A famous basketball player, how rich is Joe Johnson? According to sources, Johnson has acquired an estimated net worth of over $60 million, as of early 2016, his salary now being over $25 million. His wealth has been established during his career as a professional basketball player.
Joe Johnson Net Worth $60 Million
Johnson grew up in a dangerous world of violent gang wars. He attended Little Rock Central High School, where he excelled in basketball, and then enrolled in the University of Arkansas in 1999, where he played basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks team the for two seasons, being named to the SEC All-Freshman team and SEC All-Tournament team during his freshman year and All-SEC second team and SEC All Tournament team during his sophomore year. He also earned All-America honors.
As a sophomore, Johnson declared himself eligible for the 2001 NBA Draft, and was chosen as the 10th overall pick in the first round by the Boston Celtics. However, in the middle of his rookie season he was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he would spend the next three seasons. The team made it to the Western Conference Finals, and Johnson was one of the best three-point shooters in the league.
However, he wanted more, which led to his joining the Atlanta Hawks in 2005 – his salary went from $2.3 million to $12 million on signing. During his first season he led the team in minutes, points, assists, steals and three-pointers. In 2006 he became a member of the US national team and won a bronze medal in the FIBA World Championship. During the 2006-07 season he was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing an injured co-player. The following season saw him in the All-Star game as a reserve, and being named Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice, having led the team to appear at the 2008 NBA Playoffs for the first time in 10 years. In the 2008-09 season Johnson made his third All-Star appearance, and went on to make a fourth one during the following season. In 2010 the team re-signed him to a six-year $123 million contract, so his wealth was considerably boosted as he became the highest paid NBA player at the time. He made his fifth All-Star appearance in 2010-2011 season, leading the team in points, assists and field goals. The following season he was an All-Star for the sixth consecutive season, plus leading the team in points and assists.
Johnson was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, where he got off to a slow start, however, he eventually became the leading player in points and three-pointers, earning his seventh All-Star appearance in his second season with the team, and matching Michael Jordan for 77th on the all-time list of games played in a game against the Golden State Wariors in 2015. In early 2016 he was the leading player in minutes, points, assists and three pointers and was holding the longest active streak with at least one field goal per game to that point in 2016.
Johnson has been a member of the Miami Heats as of early 2016 being released by Brooklyn, since becoming the 50th ranked player on the all-time scoring list. The seven-time All-Star, Johnson has established himself as one of the most prolific players of the NBA and has certainly earned good money in the process.
Speaking of his private life, Johnson had a relationship with Shannon Becton and in 2007 they got a son. The couple was later involved in a public court battle regarding their child custody agreements. Johnson’s current relationship status is unknown.
When it comes to philanthropy, the player launched the Joe Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing help to low-income children. He has been the chairman and host of his Hoop Jams 3-on-3 Tournament, part of its proceedings going to Arkansas Baptist College and Clinton Presidential Center’s educational programs. He also maintains the Joe Johnson Jammin’ for Jackets high school tournament, its proceeds being aimed at providing letter jackets to underprivileged athletes. Additionally, Johnson donated money to the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, and participated in renovating Central’s football field by donating $60,000.
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