Joe Johnson Nearing Atlanta Hawks Scoring Milestone

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12: Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots against the Miami Heat at Philips Arena on February 12, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Joe Johnson is just 13 points away from becoming the seventh player in Atlanta Hawks history to score 10,000 points with the club. Johnson is currently in seventh place on the Hawks all-time scoring list with 9,987 points and trails Kevin Willis by 595 points for sixth place. Dominique Wilkins is the franchise's all time leader with over 23,292 points.

1. Dominique Wilkins 23,292
2. Bob Pettit 20,880
3. Lou Hudson 16,049
4. Cliff Hagan 13,447
5. John Drew 12,621
6. Kevin Willis 10,582
7. Joe Johnson 9,987

Wilkins is also the franchise's leader in games played and points per game average. Of the players listed above Johnson only John Drew played less than 730 games in a Hawks uniform. Drew did his damage in just 595 games with the Hawks. Johnson has played in 476 games before Tuesday night's matchup with the Lakers.

In his career with the Hawks, Johnson is averaging 21.0 points per game which is good enough for sixth on the all-time list. Pete Maravich is No. 3 on the list with 24.3 per game average and is the only player in the top six that is not among the franchise's leaders in total points.

1. Dominique Wilkins 26.4
2. Bob Pettit 26.4
3. Pete Maravich 24.3
4. Lou Hudson 22.0
5. John Drew 21.2
6. Joe Johnson 21.0
7. Shareef Abdur-Rahim 20.4
8. Clyde Lovellette 19.3
9. Steve Smith 18.6
10. Al Harrington 18.1

Should he remain with the Hawks through his current contract, Johnson would have a reasonable shot at climbing all the way to No. 4 on the all-time list for total points. Johnson will be making a sixth straight trip to the All-Star game this season and has saw himself bounce back from an injury plagued 2011 season.

In his career Johnson has amassed 14,000 points counting his stints in Phoenix and Boston. Currently he is 27th in the NBA among active career scorers.

Johnson's now infamous contract has been the source ridicule league wide ever since he signed it during the free agent frenzy of 2010. Sometimes in that context his accomplishments with the Hawks get lost or pushed to the back. He is destined to go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Hawks uniform.

For more on the Atlanta Hawks check out SB Nation Atlanta, follow Jason Walker and Kris Willis, along with Peachtree Hoops on Twitter and check out the Peachtree Hoops Facebook Fan Page.

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