James Johnson, Miami Heat
James Johnson was often desperately looking for playing time with the Toronto Raptors. He finally got his chance with the Miami Heat, where he signed a one-year deal last offseason. He proved he is a very good two-way player in the NBA and can contribute consistently.
He was a great spark off the bench for Miami and played a huge role in the team’s turnaround. The 11-30 start quickly went away as the Heat went 30-11 for the second half of the season. They barely missed the playoffs by a half game.
Johnson averaged 12.8 points per game on 48 percent shooting. He also grabbed 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He is a multi-faceted player with size to play the 3 or the 4 on defense. His shooting is not super impressive, but Johnson will play and work hard. He might be a great pair with Jonathan Isaac off the bench.
The most impressive stat Johnson posted was his average of 1.0 steals per game and 1.1 blocks per game. He was one of only 17 players in the NBA who were in that illustrious company.
It seems at this point, James Johnson is a par tof the Heat’s plan. And it feels like he is going to wait out the Gordon Hayward decision and see what Miami has planned for him. But he has interest in several places throughout the league.