Topics: Boston Celtics, National Basketball Association, NBA All-Rookie Team Pages: 3 (775 words) Published: October 21, 2013

eventual NBA champion Spurs, 4 games to 1.

Atlanta Hawks (2005–2012)[edit]

Johnson with the Nets
In the summer of 2005, Johnson became a highly touted restricted free agent and expressed a desire to leave the Suns to assume a larger role on the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson grew upset with Phoenix's initial offers to re-sign him feeling they were well below his market value. This rift eventually led to Johnson requesting the Suns not match Atlanta's $70 million offer. On August 19, 2005, a deal was finalized and Johnson was involved in a sign-and-trade deal with the Hawks for Boris Diaw and two future first-round draft picks.[2]

In his first season as a Hawk, Johnson led the Atlanta Hawks in several categories: points (20.2 per game), assists (6.5), and steals (1.26), three-point field goals made (128), and minutes (40.7). He was one of only five players in the league to average at least 20 points and six assists in the 2005–06 season, along with Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Gilbert Arenas.[3] Johnson was the only Hawk to play in all 82 games and extended his current league-leading consecutive games played streak to 346 as of November 25, 2006.

On March 5, 2006, he was one of 23 NBA players named to the 2006–08 U.S. men's senior national team.
Johnson scored a career-high 42 points on March 7, 2006 against the Golden State Warriors[4] and recorded a career-high 17 assists on March 13, 2006 Hawks loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.[5] He recorded his first career triple-double on February 1, 2006 with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats.[6]

He played for the U.S. national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning a bronze medal.[7]
Johnson continued his development in the 2006–07 season, when he averaged 25.0 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.05 steals per game. His scoring average ranked ninth in the league. Johnson also shot a career-best 47.1% from the field. Johnson was...
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