Joe Johnson has always been able to fill it up. For the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and off the bench for the Utah Jazz, “Iso Joe” as some call him, can fill it up.
Against the Portland Trailblazers, Johnson further cemented his reputation as a scoring the seven points to get to 20,000 points in his NBA career. Johnson finished with 13 points in a loss to Portland.
It took Joe Johnson 1219 career games at the age of 33 years old and in his 16th NBA season, so Johnson isn’t close to being the fastest or youngest to hit the milestone. In fact, Johnson’s accomplishment, as impressive as it is, is the on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Johnson needed 1219 games to reach the plateau which earns him the title of the “slowest to 20,000 points” out of every one of the 42 players that have scored 20,000.
His 1219 games took four games longer than the previous player that was slowest to 20,000 points — Robert Parish reached 20,000 points in his 1215th game.
Back in 2015, we estimated that “Joe Cool” would hit the 20,000 point milestone this season and we barely made it — Johnson hit the 20K mark with just two games remaining in the 2016-17 season.
Next up to 20,000 points? Pau Gasol needs just a couple dozen more points until he hits the mark. Gasol has played 1116 games and needs 34 more points, so he might take the crown for “slowest to 20,000” from Johnson if he doesn’t score three dozen points in the next two games.