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Joe Johnson Tops Just About Every NBA Razorback Statistical Category

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As he enters his 15h NBA season, Old Man Johnson has thoroughly separated himself from the likes of Sidney Moncrief, Alvin Robertson, Joe Kleine and Darrell Walker.

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The NBA regular season tips off tonight with four former Razorbacks on final rosters. Houston’s Patrick Beverley injured his hand late last season and missed the Rockets’ surprising tear through the Playoffs, but he’s back and will team up with Ty Lawson and James Harden in what should be one of the League’s best backcourts. Meanwhile, in Phoenix, Sonny Weems returns to the Association after spending four years abroad where he became one of the Euroleague’s top wing players.

Bobby Portis starts his rookie season with Chicago, an Eastern Conference contender, after putting together one of the best preseasons in NBA Arkansan history. Still, this is preseason we’re talking about, and ol’ Crazy Eyes still has four quality bigs he will have to steal playing time away from. "Going in we may not think he is going to play a lot, but based on if we need a shot of energy I know Bobby will give that to us," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told Sam Smith. "It’s going to be an evolving thing with Bobby."

Speaking of evolution, or perhaps devolution, I am severely bummed Joe Johnson hasn’t developed into a Ray Allen-type complementary piece on a legit championship contender. He kind of started his career in a similar role in Phoenix, and then wandered through an IsoJoe first/second round playoffs desert in Atlanta but now that he’s 34 years old, it’s time the man starts playing for rings. But that simply isn’t going to happen this season - not in a place where advertisements of a soon-to-be completed posh practice facility are posted by the visitors’ locker room in an attempt to recruit them for next summer.

Well, at least Johnson has this to lean on: He’s still going to get plenty of shots, still going to play plenty of minutes and almost certainly going to pad his his lead in the below list of all-time NBA Razorbacks. The Little Rock native is by far the top scoring Hog in terms of career NBA points. He’s on track to actually lap runner-up Sidney Moncrief in the next few seasons.

NBA Production among former Razorbacks


Player

Years

Points

Games

Minutes Played

1

Joe Johnson

14

18326

1062

38483

2

Sidney Moncrief

11

11931

767

23150

3

Alvin Robertson

10

10882

779

24669

4

Corliss Williamson

12

9147

822

18749

5

Darrell Walker

10

6389

720

18601

6

Ron Brewer

8

5971

501

12892

7

Todd Day

8

5917

483

12214

8

Joe Kleine

15

4666

965

14712

9

Andrew Lang

12

4431

737

15344

10

Ronnie Brewer

8

3940

502

11539


*data from basketball-reference.com

Sheer number of minutes played (Joe only trails LeBron in this department over the last decade plus) are a big reason for this lead. But so is the fact Johnson is playing in a three-point heavy era and taking full advantage of it. No other #ProHog has even hit a third of the career threes Johnson has.


Player

Years

3PtersM

3PtersA

FTM

FTA

1

Joe Johnson

14

1712

4615

2562

3204

2

Todd Day

8

568

1646

1277

1727

3

Jannero Pargo

11

400

1124

319

369

4

Lee Mayberry

7

379

1006

267

405

5

Patrick Beverley

3

243

674

162

203

6

Alvin Robertson

10

236

800

1822

2451

7

Sidney Moncrief

11

110

387

3587

4319

8

Ronnie Brewer

8

90

355

742

1099

9

Tony Brown

7

36

139

407

566

10

Ron Brewer

8

30

121

947

1149


(I long assumed Johnson was the greatest NBA three-point shooting native Arkansan of all time, but then I found out former NBA All-Star Game MVP Glen Rice grew up in Benton(what?!) and the castles in my head came tumbling down)

Johnson has always been an underrated passer, so it should be no surprise that he also leads in the assists category:


Player

Years

Assists

Turnovers

1

Joe Johnson

14

4456

2174

2

Alvin Robertson

10

3929

2116

3

Darrell Walker

10

3276

1461

4

Sid Moncrief

11

2793

1551

5

Lee Mayberry

7

1767

591


Joe Jesus has also risen in career rebounds among all NBA Razorback players. That’s pretty low hanging fruit, though, for an up-and-comer like Bobby Portis. Portis should take note that all he has to do is average 18 rebounds a game for the next four seasons, and not get injured, and make sure Chicago makes at least the semifinals each season, and he’ll probably surpass Joe on this list.


Player

Rebounds

O-Rebounds

1

Joe Johnson

4352

971

2

Alvin Robertson

4066

1621

3

Joe Kleine

3991

1268

4

Sidney Moncrief

3575

1424

5

Andrew Lang

3511

1188

6

Corliss Williamson

3183

1214

7

Darrell Walker

3134

1057

8

Oliver Miller

2893

940

9

Todd Day

1649

578

10

Ronnie Brewer

1427

451


We have to start getting into the defensive stats to see Joe slip a bit. Even here, though, No.3 ain’t bad:


Player

Steals

Fouls

1

Alvin Robertson

2112

2638

2

Darrell Walker

1090

1827

3

Joe Johnson

956

1946

4

Sidney Moncrief

924

1635

5

Ronnie Brewer

622

545


Alvin Robertson - now that man could play! Further proof:


Player

Blocks

1

Andrew Lang

1099

2

Oliver Miller

758

3

Alvin Robertson

323

4

Todd Day

291

5

Joe Kleine

285


Robertson could be a living legend among Razorback Nation. Unfortunately, he keeps doing stuff like this. Of all the super-successful NBA/NFL stars the Razorbacks have ever produced, would he be the most severed from the current administration, staff and fanbase?

To wrap, there is at least one category in which Joe Johnson does not finish in the top 10. That would be field goal percentage. Here, former Seattle Supersonic Dean Tolson plays the part of Reignman.



Player

FG%

FG ▾

FGA

1

Dean Tolson

0.546

153

280

2

Oliver Miller

0.534

1536

2874

3

Sidney Moncrief

0.502

4117

8198

4

Corliss Williamson

0.49

3603

7355

5

Ronnie Brewer

0.49

1554

3169


For detailed rankings along these lines, including the per-game averages, visit BestOfArkansasSports.com. I will also have all-time NBA "Arkansan" rankings that include both NBA Hogs and natives like Scottie Pippen and Derek Fisher.


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