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James Johnson | Forward

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
College: Wake Forest
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James Johnson played well in the preseason opener Sunday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.
Patrick Patterson (knee) did not play tonight and the Kings went with a lot of small lineups, so the stat line is a little misleading. However, coach Dwane Casey has been raving about Patterson at the power forward spot and Johnson is a very capable stat-stuffer. If something happens to Amir Johnson, James would be on the radar in several formats. Oct 6 - 9:50 AM

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Raptors' coach Dwane Casey was complimentary of James Johnson's play following Friday's practice.

"Johnson was great today at the four-spot by keeping it simple. Rebounding and defense," said Casey. Defense has been Johnson's calling card, and he could get some minutes at both forward spots this upcoming season. However, with Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan, and Amir Johnson all healthy, there just aren't enough minutes to go around for Johnson to be worth targeting in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 4:57 PM

James Johnson said he's committed to coach Dwane Casey and focusing on defense.

Johnson has been a defense-first guy for much of his career, including this time in Toronto until 2012. He'll get minutes at both forward spots, but probably won't have much fantasy value while Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson are healthy.
Sep 29 - 1:31 PM

James Johnson said he's over not seeing eye to eye with coach Dwane Casey from back in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

"It never was bad, we had our bumps, but that’s war," Johnson said. "It’s a war out there when we’re playing a game and sometimes you say stuff that you regret or you say stuff that you don’t really mean." He won't be seeing major minutes with the Raptors this upcoming season.
Jul 21 - 12:02 PM

James Johnson has reportedly agreed in principle to a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.

This will be Johnson's second stint with the Raptors after a mini-breakout season with the Grizzlies in 2013-14. Johnson averaged 8.5 points, 0.5 3-pointers, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.6 blocks in 22 minutes per game after the All-Star break with the Grizzlies and he could end up being a valuable fantasy asset in standard leagues if he's able to carve out more minutes in Toronto.
Jul 10 - 9:55 AM

James Johnson appears "unlikely" to re-sign with the Grizzlies as a free agent, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Johnson had a mini-breakout last season with Memphis, particularly before the All-Star break when he averaged 8.5 points, 0.5 triples, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game. He racked up those numbers in just 22 minutes per contest, and could be a sneaky fantasy pick if he finds the right situation as a free agent. He's facing domestic assault charges stemming from an incident in early June, which may diminish his FA appeal and could lead to a season-opening suspension.
Jun 29 - 5:32 PM

James Johnson's court date is set for Tuesday for domestic assault charges.

It was expected to to take place on last Friday, but was pushed back. Johnson allegedly hit his wife and choked her on June 7, which may affect his status as an unrestricted free agent in some regard.
Jun 16 - 11:30 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies have made their first official statement on the alleged assault involving James Johnson and his wife.

"We are currently gathering information regarding the June 7 report involving James Johnson," said the statement. "We have no further comment at this time." Johnson is currently an unrestricted free agent, and while he was an effective player off the bench for Memphis, this incident could result in them choosing to not bring him back.
Jun 8 - 1:49 PM

Grizzlies forward James Johnson has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

The 27-year-old reportedly struck his wife and choked her. Johnson was a solid bench player for Memphis last season but this incident does look promising for his future.
Jun 7 - 12:31 PM

The Grizzlies have a "real interest" in re-signing James Johnson this summer, according to CEO Jason Levien.

Zach Randolph is the Grizzlies' primary focus in free agency, but they'll also have the $5.3 million mid-level exception and the $2.1 million biannual exception, either of which could be used to lure back free agents like Johnson and Mike Miller. Johnson averaged 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.1 blocks in a mere 18 minutes per game this season, and his defensive stats should keep him on the fantasy radar.
May 10 - 9:31 AM

James Johnson played only one minute during Sunday's 102-90 road win vs. the Lakers.

Johnson had averaged 27 minutes per game over the past three games, with Tayshaun Prince (ankle) sidelined, but his role evaporated with Prince starting at SF. Johnson's contract expires this summer and it will be interesting to see how much interest he draws as a free agent, given his excellent per-minute production as a salvage project in Memphis this season.
Apr 14 - 12:52 AM

James Johnson started for injured Tayshaun Prince (ankle) on Friday against the Sixers, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

Johnson would theoretically be a good fit for the Grizzlies over Prince, but it just hasn't worked out in his favor this season. Prince is day-to-day right now so Johnson's fantasy value will be tenuous to finish the year.
Apr 12 - 1:42 AM

James Johnson stepped into a big role with Tayshaun Prince (ankle) unavailable on Sunday, coming off the bench for 20 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and three assists.

He sank 7-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 32 minutes but is too inconsistent to consider picking up while Prince is day-to-day. When the Grizzlies are at full strength Johnson is often the victim of DNP-CDs, but tonight it was Mike Miller who finished scoreless in 10 minutes.
Apr 6 - 9:43 PM

James Johnson did not leave the Grizzlies' bench during Friday's win in Chicago.

He recently returned from an ankle injury and there are no indications that his absence was injury-related, so we're chalking this up as a DNP-CD. Mike Miller was hot from downtown, and Kosta Koufos was playing very well and providing necessary size to combat the Bulls, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Johnson back in the rotation for Saturday's game vs. the Bobcats.
Mar 8 - 10:38 AM

James Johnson returned from a sprained ankle on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, one rebound and one assist.

He's cooled off and the injury, along with the return of Tony Allen, isn't helping. Johnson can be dropped for a hot free agent, although we wouldn't be surprised to see him get hot again at some point over the rest of the season.
Mar 5 - 11:50 PM

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PG1Kyle Lowry
2Greivis Vasquez
3Will Cherry
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Lou Williams
3Jordan Hamilton
4Landry Fields
SF1Terrence Ross
2James Johnson
3Bruno Caboclo
PF1Amir Johnson
2Patrick Patterson
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Chuck Hayes
3Lucas Nogueira
4Greg Stiemsma