ATLANTA (AtlantaHawks.com) - Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson has been named to the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star squad, the NBA announced this evening. The sharpshooter will make his sixth straight appearance at the midseason classic. The game takes place on Sunday, February 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL, with coverage on TNT and ESPN Radio beginning at 7 p.m.
"It means a lot to me to be selected as an All-Star again," Johnson said. "To be recognized as one of the league's best reflects well on the organization, my teammates and coaches, and I'm thrilled to be able to take part in the event."
Averaging 18.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.7 apg (.432 FG%, .381 3FG%, .866 FT%) in 26 starts, Johnson is the first Hawk to reach six consecutive All-Star games since Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins was named to nine straight All-Star games from 1986-94. An 11-year veteran, Johnson leads the team in ppg, FT%, FGM (181), 3FGM (51) and FTM (71). He ranks t9th in the NBA in FGM, t14th in FT%, 15th in FGM, 18th in ppg and t38th in apg. Johnson has scored 20-or-more points 13 times this year, including two 30-point efforts (Hawks are 12-1).