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Best Nets Player


The Brooklyn Nets are a flashy franchise. Billionaire Russian tycoon owner. Coach who spills soda on the floor because he’s out of timeouts. Jay-Z and Beyoncé courtside. Arena with a 40/40 club and a barbershop inside. Kevin Garnett yelling and trash-talking. When the game’s on the line, though, the Nets rely on the most understated star in the league. Over the last two seasons, no NBA player has sunk more game-winning shots than Joe Johnson. It’s why Garnett nicknamed him Joe Jesus: “He may not be there when you call on him, but he’s there when you need him,” KG once said. When the Nets needed him most, in the playoffs, Joe came through. He carried the club through a tough Game 7 victory in Toronto, delivering the franchise its first playoff series win in seven years.

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