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No ordinary Joe

Joe Johnson might be having his best season as a player.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson has been a solid fantasy performer all season, but of late, he has brought his offensive game to a higher level.

Over the first 60 games, Johnson was averaging 20.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 6.1 apg - not bad and certainly worth playing everyday.

But over the last four games Johnson has been much better. Playing against the Hornets, Jazz, Pacers and Trailblazers, Johnson has posted four consecutive 30- point games. But it doesn't stop there, he has been filling up most of the boxscore - except blocks. Johnson is averaging 4.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals and hitting 10-for-19 from three-point range.

Johnson might be having his best season as a player, leading a 39-28 Atlanta Hawks team into a high playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It will be the first year that Atlanta has finished over .500 since he arrived in Georgia.

However, from a fantasy point of view, his best season to date was still 2006-07 when he averaged 25.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 4.4 apg. He has averaged over 20 ppg since coming to Atlanta from Phoenix four years ago.

Johnson figures to keep the 30+ streak going for a couple of more games before his Hawks run into three tough defensive teams. The schedule has Atlanta hosting Sacramento and Dallas before playing tough defensive-minded teams in Cleveland, San Antonio and Boston over a four-game stretch next week.

Joe Johnson Team PPG RPG APG SPG
last four games ATL 31.5 4.5 5.8 1.5
2008-09 ATL 21.4 4.3 6.1 1.1
2007-08 ATL 21.7 4.5 5.8 1
2006-07 ATL 25 4.2 4.4 1
2005-06 ATL 20.2 4.1 6.5 1.3
2004-05 PHX 17.1 5.1 3.5 1
2003-04 PHX 16.7 4.7 4.4 1.1
2002-03 PHX 9.8 3.2 2.6 0.8
2001-02 BOS/PHX 7.5 3.3 2.3 0.2


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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