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The first play of every game, the Hawks run a pin-down for Joe. Like clockwork. At the end of every...

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The first play of every game, the Hawks run a pin-down for Joe. Like clockwork. At the end of every game, the ball is always in Joe’s hands. He’s rarely flashy, just steady. He’ll cross you over, pull up and drain the J. Whenever the ball leaves his hands to go to a teammate, it’s a little unsettling. Is Joe Johnson the 20th best player in the NBA? At least. He’s the best player on one of the 8 best teams in the NBA. Without Joe Johnson, the Hawks aren’t what they are right now. For better and for worse. It is what it is. Some of you may disagree. But I’ll disagree with you. And I’m right.

As unintentional Joe Johnson week continues, JJ checks in at number 20 on SLAM's top 50 players in the NBA. A strong counter point to the Joe Johnson is not worth 60 million over four years argument. And 20 seems about right to me. But here is a question for you, did Joe Johnson create the Hawks or did the Hawks create Joe Johnson?
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