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James Johnson | Forward | #16

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 238
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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James Johnson is playing on Friday.
He checked in during the first quarter and his foot must be feeling better. Johnson looks like he's third on the starting PF option, but should play some SF minutes, as well. Oct 21 - 7:53 PM

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James Johnson (foot) will not play on Thursday.

He tweaked his foot on Tuesday and did not return. The 6'9" forward said his foot has bothered him for a while, as well. Johnson was already a lock for the rotation and was getting minutes at both forward spots, so the Heat may need Luke Babbitt and Derrick Williams to play more. Johnson is only on the radar in deeper leagues for now.
Oct 19 - 2:20 PM

James Johnson tweaked his left foot and will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Magic.

The last thing the Heat needs is another injury, but it doesn't sound serious. He finished with six points, three boards and three blocks in nine minutes. Johnson does have upside for his defensive stats and he's a dark horse to start at power forward, so he's on the radar in deeper leagues.
Oct 18 - 9:39 PM

James Johnson surprised everyone with 15 points in 18 minutes on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

It was a Johnson & Johnson kind of night for the Heat with Tyler also going off. James has shown some scoring punch this preseason, which hasn't really been his calling card. He's going to be in the rotation as a stretch four and is a low-end target in very deep leagues.
Oct 14 - 11:11 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said that James Johnson brings toughness and versatility to the Heat lineup.

"That’s what we’ve always respected about his game. He’s a big, physical wing that can guard multiple positions," Spoelstra said. "But I’ve also been encouraged by his offensive versatility. You can put the ball in his hands and he can make plays. You can use him as a screener. You can put him down low. You can put him out in the perimeter, and he finds a way to make an impact." There are suddenly a ton of minutes up for grabs with Chris Bosh out of the picture, so Johnson's ability to rack up defensive stats could make him an interesting target in deeper leagues if he makes some noise during the preseason.
Oct 1 - 10:40 AM

James Johnson has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Miami Heat.

The Heat have been busy over the last couple days, quickly reaching agreements with Johnson, Wayne Ellington and Derrick Williams. Justise Winslow is the favorite to start at small forward in Miami, but Johnson could also see some time at power forward, especially with all the unanswered questions about Chris Bosh's health. Johnson averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.6 steals in Toronto last season.
Jul 10 - 12:41 PM

James Johnson played 20 minutes in Game 1 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Johnson stepped into the rotation with DeMarre Carroll in foul trouble, but he could continue to see minutes in this series because he's another solid defender that coach Dwane Casey could throw at LeBron James. Johnson only scored a total of two points in the playoffs prior to Tuesday, but ended up outscoring Kyle Lowry tonight. Unless Johnson does this again, fantasy owners shouldn't pay him much attention.
May 17 - 11:45 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said he might look at James Johnson and Jason Thompson tonight.

Basically these guys would slot into Lucas Nogueira's 13 minutes. Considering how Miami's small-ball lineup with the starts sans Amare Stoudemire and with Justise Winslow killed them, it might make sense to get Johnson in there to help for his defensive versatility. DFS owners should probably avoid Johnson, Thompson and Bebe.
May 11 - 6:27 PM

James Johnson (rest) will not play Wednesday vs. Brooklyn.

With DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll also set to join Johnson on the sidelines for rest purposes Wednesday night, there's a chance Bruno Caboclo could make an appearance in the rotation. However, Norman Powell is the safer potential DFS target here.
Apr 13 - 12:34 PM

James Johnson (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game agains the 76ers.

That means more run for Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll. Johnson is not worth owning in any league.
Apr 12 - 5:59 PM

James Johnson is starting on Friday against the Pacers.

He should be able to get minutes in the mid 20s, but Norman Powell is a better fantasy target than Johnson.
Apr 8 - 6:57 PM

James Johnson returned to the bench on Tuesday with DeMar DeRozan (rest) back in action, and picked up a DNP-CD.

Johnson has been in and out of the rotation all year long, and he really hasn't produced much of anything while he's been on the court this year. He belongs on the wire everywhere.
Apr 5 - 10:58 PM

James Johnson made a spot-start for DeMar DeRozan (rest) on Saturday with two points and one rebound.

He started to help neutralize Kawhi Leonard and it didn't work. Johnson has almost no fantasy value.
Apr 2 - 11:18 PM

James Johnson will start on Saturday vs. the Spurs.

The Raptors are resting Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, so they will roll with a starting lineup of Cory Joseph, Norman Powell, Johnson, Luis Scola and Jonas Valanciunas. Johnson is looking at some solid minutes tonight, but he's nothing more than a dart throw in DFS. Powell looks like the better option in fantasy.
Apr 2 - 8:09 PM

James Johnson (plantar fasciitis) posted three points, one rebound, one assist and one block in seven minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday.

Johnson was available to play on Sunday but picked up a DNP-CD, and he sat out the first three quarters today before surprisingly starting the fourth quarter of a close game. There's no reason to go near Johnson outside of the deepest leagues.
Mar 23 - 10:35 PM

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PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
3Beno Udrih
4Briante Weber
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
4Rodney McGruder
SF1Justise Winslow
2Luke Babbitt
3Luis Montero
PF1Derrick Williams
2James Johnson
3Josh McRoberts
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Udonis Haslem
3Willie Reed