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James Johnson | Forward | #16

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 250
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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James Johnson moved into the starting five on Wednesday, posting nine points, six assists, three rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in 24 minutes.
For what it's worth, Spoelstra has preferred to keep JJ together with Tyler Johnson in the second unit, so this might not last even with Hassan Whiteside (knee) missing more games. The starting gig didn't lead to increased playing time or production anyway, and Johnson has been in single-digits for four straight games. If anything can get him going, it should be the Nets' defense on Saturday. Dec 7 - 12:44 AM

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Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Spurs on Wednesday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra is going to mix it up and put his best five players out there to start the game. That should bode well for their minutes, but Johnson would probably be looking at 28-32 minutes anyway. He's strong start as a mid-round player.
Dec 6 - 7:51 PM

James Johnson helped Miami hold on for a 100-93 win in Chicago on Sunday, posting 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

The veteran scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter tonight, finishing 7-of-9 from the field without a single turnover in 28 minutes. Erik Spoelstra continues to run a 9-man rotation, while leaning hard on his bench, and Johnson will get plenty of chances to build a rhythm with the second unit -- he came in averaging 4.5 points in Miami's past two games, so maybe this will get him going.
Nov 26 - 6:45 PM

James Johnson maintained his momentum on Sunday, coming off the bench for 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes vs. the visiting Pacers.

Johnson snapped out of a slump on Friday with 20 points, five boards and four assists, and it's worth double-checking that he's not sitting on your waiver wire. Erik Spoelstra was irate after the game, saying, "We will find a solution to get this team playing Miami Heat basketball," and we're guessing Johnson will be part of that solution.
Nov 19 - 7:55 PM

James Johnson scored 15 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday.

Coach Erik Spoelstra loves his black-belted forward in the second unit for a litany of reasons, but mostly for his defense. In the last four games since returning from a knee injury, he's averaged 16.3 points, 7.0 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 treys on 56.4 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. He's probably not going to be this good because of the Heat being slightly shorthanded in this hot stretch, but Johnson should still be a strong mid-round option.
Nov 9 - 12:41 AM

James Johnson hit 7-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and a block in 32 minutes off the bench against the Warriors on Monday.

The 21 points and three steals tied his season highs, while the three 3-pointers set one. Johnson really fell off just three games ago when he was dealing with a knee injury, but he's been a rock star since then, averaging 17.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last three. And that is exactly why you drafted him. Hopefully he can keep it going against the Suns on Wednesday.
Nov 7 - 1:19 AM

James Johnson (knee) returned from a one-game absence against the Nuggets on Friday, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He wasn't limited and he was easily the best player in the second unit. Coach Erik Spoesltra loves how he can do so many things on defense and his weak-side help is huge for that unit, so he will probably stay in that role. It really doesn't matter where he gets his minutes because he can fill a stat sheet with the best of them. He's a must-start player.
Nov 4 - 1:30 AM

James Johnson (knee) said he will play against the Nuggets on Friday.

We were blindsided on Wednesday night with Johnson suddenly being announced as out after the starting lineups were released. He only had tendinitis and it sounds like he just needed a couple days off. Johnson has yet to start next to Hassan Whiteside this season, but he'll get plenty of run no matter who he plays next to.
Nov 2 - 7:42 PM

James Johnson said he didn't play on Wednesday because his knee "kind of buckled" during warmups.

His fantasy owners don't need to panic, as Johnson said he's expecting to return to action on Friday vs. the Nuggets. "When I was out there working out, just my normal pregame workouts, when I would shoot a jumper it kind of felt funny," Johnson said. "I went up to shoot another one, it kind of buckled. And then that was it after that." He said he's been dealing with tendinitis for a while and that it simply flared up on Wednesday, but Johnson and coach Erik Spoelstra both downplayed the issue.
Nov 2 - 9:43 AM

James Johnson (knee) will travel with the Heat for Friday's game vs. Denver.

Johnson was held out of Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls, but coach Erik Spoelstra said his level concern for Johnson's knee is low. It sounds like he's day-to-day, but we won't hear any additional details about his status until Thursday's practice. Okaro White started on Wednesday and didn't do much in 24 minutes, so there's no one worth picking up at the moment.
Nov 1 - 10:19 PM

James Johnson (knee) is not expected to play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

Well, alrighty then. He is technically available for this game, but it sounds like the Heat will hold him out due to tendinitis. Johnson has come off the bench for most of his time with the Heat, so nobody saw this one coming. With him out, Okaro White, Justise Winslow and Kelly Olynyk should benefit.
Nov 1 - 7:05 PM

James Johnson will move to the bench on Wednesday.

The team is pretty close to full strength, so coach Erik Spolestra can keep Johnson in the second unit. He'll still get his minutes and his fantasy owners shouldn't be discouraged with this move.
Nov 1 - 6:59 PM

James Johnson had his first dud of the season on Monday vs. the Wolves with two points (0-of-3 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

Johnson didn't play much down the stretch, but that's because Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk had their best games of the season. JJ didn’t take any 3-pointers and was 3-of-17 from deep prior to Monday, but coach Erik Spoelstra wants him to keep firing away. "If teams are going to continue to leave him wide open on drive and kicks I have great confidence JJ will start making them pay for that and do it just enough," Spoelstra said. "He doesn’t have to become Steph Curry. It just has to be enough to make it hurt." JJ hit 1.1 treys on 34.0 percent shooting last season, so it’s just a matter of time before he finds his rhythm.
Oct 30 - 10:56 PM

James Johnson started again on Wednesday and had 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Johnson's all-around game was pushed to the limits tonight, as he alternated between checking the Spurs' go-to scorer, facilitating for teammates, and creating his own offense. A starting role has suited him nicely, but JJ is a must-start even if he eventually shifts back to the bench.
Oct 26 - 12:38 AM

James Johnson and Jordan Mickey will start in Miami's frontcourt again on Monday.

They'll join Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters and Josh Richardson. Mickey was basically a placeholder with Hassan Whiteside (knee) out on Saturday, but Johnson looked terrific and makes for a great DFS play. Kelly Olynyk should also get a bump in playing time as the first big off the bench.
Oct 23 - 6:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
3Derrick Walton Jr.
SG1Dion Waiters
2Wayne Ellington
3Matt Williams
SF1Josh Richardson
2Rodney McGruder
PF1Justise Winslow
2James Johnson
3Okaro White
4Jordan Mickey
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Kelly Olynyk
3Bam Adebayo
4A.J. Hammons