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Amir Johnson | Center/Forward | #90

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 249
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (26) / DET
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Amir Johnson returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, five rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes.
Johnson was benched in a small-ball affair vs. the Rockets on Monday, but he retook the starting job against Orlando's bigger frontcourt tonight. The veteran is impressive on a per-minute basis, yet he's averaging a mere 19.5 minutes per game. Until that number increases, he's only worth a look in leagues with 14 or more teams. Dec 7 - 10:19 PM

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Amir Johnson will start and Jonas Jerebko will move to the bench against the Magic on Wednesday.

This makes sense to go with a bigger frontcourt against the Magic. Johnson may also see a bump in playing time because the Celtics won't go with as many three-guard lineups with Jae Crowder at the four. He's still a risky player to use tonight and doesn't have much value once Isaiah Thomas (groin) comes back.
Dec 7 - 5:39 PM

Amir Johnson will come off the bench vs. Houston on Monday.

Johnson hasn't played more than 15 minutes in four straight games and Jonas Jerebko is a better matchup against Ryan Anderson. Both Johnson and Jerebko are deep-league options at best.
Dec 5 - 8:01 PM

Amir Johnson played 15 minutes with six points, two rebounds, one assist and one block against the 76ers on Saturday.

The Celtics love the small-ball lineups, which has kept Johnson down to just 14.3 minutes per game in his previous three. The inconsistency will be too much in most leagues.
Dec 3 - 11:34 PM

Amir Johnson did not score in 17 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with two rebounds, one block and one steal.

The Celtics went small for a big portion of this game and that will continue almost regardless of the matchup. Jae Crowder's return hurts Johnson's value almost as much as Al Horford's, so Johnson is a drop in most leagues.
Nov 25 - 3:29 PM

Amir Johnson scored six points with two rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

It looked like Kelly Olynyk was lapping him for the No. 2 big man spot behind Al Horford (concussion), but it's close now that KO is struggling. We haven't got a great feel for what big plays well next to Horford, but coach Brad Stevens plays the matchups too much anyway.
Nov 18 - 11:24 PM

Amir Johnson scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. the Wizards, but he collected just three rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

Boston entered the game with the league's worst total rebound rate, securing just 46.1 percent of available boards, and coach Brad Stevens had to be furious that his team gave up 19 offensive rebounds tonight. The loss dropped Boston to 3-4 on the season and they'll try to get back to .500 vs. the Knicks on Friday.
Nov 9 - 9:33 PM

Amir Johnson started and hit just 1-of-5 shots for three points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 26 minutes of a 128-122 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday.

Amir went off for 23 points and a bunch of goodies on Wednesday, but never got it going tonight. The assists and blocks were nice though, and with Jae Crowder out for two weeks and Al Horford dealing with a concussion, Johnson is a decent short-term fantasy option for now.
Nov 3 - 11:14 PM

Amir Johnson went off in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 23 points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks, no turnovers and four 3-pointers.

It's the most points Johnson scored as a Celtic and Marcus Smart was impressed. "Whatever he ate or drank last night, I want some of that," Smart said after the game. Johnson will be getting plenty of minutes as the primary big man in the lineup with Al Horford (concussion) out at least one more game. Plus, Jae Crowder (ankle) plays a lot of small-ball four, so Johnson benefits there as well. His value in the next week should give owners a short-term boost in most leagues.
Nov 3 - 12:59 AM

Amir Johnson hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and five rebounds in Saturday's win over the Hornets.

Yikes. Amir has played a little worse in each game of the season, scoring eight points in the opener, then five points on Thursday and just two points tonight. Tyler Zeller only got 12 minutes tonight, while Jonas Jerebko played 19 quiet minutes. Johnson's job appears to be safe, but he's far from a must-start, must-own fantasy player.
Oct 29 - 9:58 PM

Amir Johnson came off the bench in the second half on Thursday, finishing with five points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 16 minutes.

If you're surprised Johnson came off the bench in the second half, welcome to your first season of watching coach Brad Stevens. Johnson's value is going to be extremely matchup-dependent and he's even more likely to lose playing time with Al Horford locked in for consistent minutes.
Oct 27 - 11:05 PM

Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Amir Johnson will start against the Nets on Wednesday.

The Celtics starters smashed on their opponents during the preseason, especially with Al Horford out there. Obviously Horford is locked in for his minutes, but we all know coach Brad Stevens will mix it up with his other bigs. Although, Johnson should have a good role tonight with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) out. We should see a ton of Terry Rozier with Marcus Smart (ankle) out, too.
Oct 26 - 5:41 PM

Amir Johnson failed to score in nine minutes of action vs. the Knicks, contributing five boards and three assists in a lopsided defeat.

Brad Stevens said before the game that Johnson "has to get used to playing a little bit with [Jonas] Jerebko," which suggests we'll see that pairing more than we did last season (at least until Kelly Olynyk returns). Johnson's durability and efficiency make him a consistent, low-end fantasy big man who can be had with a flier pick in nearly all drafts.
Oct 19 - 10:28 PM

Brad Stevens praised Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for their veteran leadership.

"I was excited about that," Stevens said regarding both players returning for the 2016-17 season. "Those guys are really good guys. They’re really good pros. They complement each other well. They complement the other bigs well. I think that one of the things we’re really going to try to do is fly around. And both those guys have done that. I’ve spent the last two days with Amir quite a bit, and he’s been great." While Johnson should hold some fantasy value in deeper formats for his ability to contribute in field goal percentage and blocked shots, the same can't be said of Jerebko.
Jul 11 - 9:13 AM

The Celtics will guarantee Amir Johnson's contract for 2016-17, according to the Boston Globe.

The deadline to guarantee Johnson's $12 million salary for 2016-17 is Thursday and the Celtics are reportedly set to make things official. Johnson doesn't have a ton of fantasy value with Al Horford coming to Boston, but he should see enough minutes to provide some value in deeper leagues.
Jul 7 - 10:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Marcus Smart
3Demetrius Jackson
SG1Avery Bradley
2Terry Rozier
3Gerald Green
SF1Jae Crowder
2Jaylen Brown
3James Young
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
3Jordan Mickey
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller