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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 said he would like to re-sign with the Heat this summer but was non-committal when asked if he would give the Heat a hometown discount.
Dion Waiters recently said he would give the Heat a hometown discount, but Johnson is 30 years old and this will be his first massive contract -- he made $4 million in 2016-17. With averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting, Johnson played multiple positions for the Heat last season and was arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year. His dynasty owners will be hoping that he stays in Miami, and considering that the Heat are projected to have $38 million in cap space, that seems likely. Jun 12 - 9:53 AM

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Justise Winslow hinted he'll be recruiting James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

"They already know," Winslow said. Johnson has said he's willing to re-sign with the Heat and said loyally will help Miami. Johnson may have led the second-tier guys for Most Improved Player with a career year under coach Erik Spoelstra, so it makes sense for him to stick around to maximize his playing time. His fantasy value would likely be highest in South Beach.
Jun 3 - 8:11 PM

James Johnson hinted that he's willing to re-sign with the Heat for a discount this summer.

"I think the loyalty to this organization will outweigh a lot of other things, including money," he said. Johnson is going to command a ton of interest on the open market, but the Heat have made it very clear that their intention is to re-sign both Johnson and Dion Waiters this summer. JJ was arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year for fantasy owners, compiling averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting.
Apr 17 - 1:41 PM

James Johnson managed 16 points with nine assists, two rebounds and just three turnovers in Monday's 124-121 overtime win against the Cavaliers.

While Johnson's board totals were surprisingly low in this one, he was very giving with the basketball, hitting nine or more assists for just the third time this season. He ended up fouling out, but not before giving his DFS and fantasy owners another solid stat line as a starter.
Apr 10 - 11:27 PM

James Johnson thrived in the starting lineup again with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors.

He started out 0-of-7 from the field, but carried the Heat to keep them in this game. Johnson is likely going to be starting the rest of the way and his fantasy owners should probably view him as the pickup of the season.
Apr 7 - 10:49 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised James Johnson for his "willingness to accept whatever role."

"And we're at the stage in the season, it's go-time. We don't have time to mess around," Spoelstra said. "We've dealt with so many different starting lineups, different rotations. Guys understand and they're able to step up and not look at you crazy." Johnson went off in his first start of the season on Wednesday with 26 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and six triples on 10-of-12 shooting, but even if Luke Babbitt (hip) is good to go on Friday, Johnson's owners can still deploy him with confidence. He's arguably one of the best waiver-wire pickups of the year.
Apr 6 - 10:44 AM

James Johnson blew up in his first start of the season on Wednesday, going 10-of-12 from the field with a season-high 6-of-7 three-pointers for 26 points, four boards, three assists and two steals.

Johnson logged 32 minutes in his first start all season, which is more than five above his average as a reserve. Luke Babbitt (hip) is day-to-day and if he's available on Friday, we'd expect Johnson to head back to the bench. Either way, he's a reliable every-night fantasy option, whereas Babbitt is merely a deep-league specialist.
Apr 5 - 9:53 PM

James Johnson will start for Luke Babbitt (hip) on Wednesday against the Hornets.

It took until Game 78 of the season, but Johnson will make his first start. He's been one of the most consistent players in the rotation and has already seen his minutes climb to 29.0 per game over his last five. Johnson was already a no-brainer start in fantasy and now he may get minutes in the 30s today, making him a solid target in DFS. Okaro White should be backing him up.
Apr 5 - 6:26 PM

James Johnson had a very typical line on Wednesday with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the Knicks.

He just does this far too often and probably deserves more love for Most Improved Player. Johnson and his black-belt game have been one of the best values in fantasy this year. Chalk up another gem to coach Erik Spoelstra.
Mar 29 - 11:35 PM

James Johnson hit 5-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes of Tuesday's tough 97-96 win over the Pistons.

He's quietly been playing very well again, scoring in double figures in 10 straight games and averaging 16 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last five. And tonight's game was his first without a block and a steal in his last five games, as well. The fact the Heat are fighting for their playoff lives also works in his favor, so just keep rolling him out there.
Mar 29 - 12:41 AM

James Johnson finished with 20 points, six assists, five rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench Sunday in Boston.

Johnson has tied a season best with 10 or more points in nine consecutive games. He is averaging 14.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.7 steals per outing during the impressive nine-game run. Johnson worked hard to whip himself into better shape for the season and it is paying off with career numbers across the board. In his first eight NBA campaigns he averaged single-digit point totals, but he is averaging more than 12 points per contest this season.
Mar 26 - 9:11 PM

James Johnson turned in a 9-cat gem on Sunday with 24 points on 9-of-13 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks, two 3-pointers and zero turnovers.

Johnson did his damage in 31 minutes, to the delight of anyone benefiting from his unique production with Miami's second unit. The veteran lost weight and re-shaped his body for this season, and the hard work has clearly paid off -- at age 30, he's averaging career-high numbers in most categories.
Mar 19 - 9:49 PM

James Johnson (elbow) logged 30 minutes during Wednesday's 108-101 win vs. the Hornets, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, five assists, three blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Johnson lacerated his right elbow during Saturday's game and he missed Monday's contest due to concerns about possible infections, as well as limited range of motion. He was reportedly having trouble getting shots up during Wednesday's shootaround, but he didn't look the least bit inhibited while posting an all-around gem tonight.
Mar 8 - 11:10 PM

James Johnson (elbow) is on the active roster for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Johnson could still be somewhat limited by the cut on his shooting elbow, but he's expected to get out there, so owners in season-long settings can feel free to get him active.
Mar 8 - 6:58 PM

James Johnson (elbow) will warm up with the intention to play Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

Johnson still has a limited range of motion on his right (shooting) elbow, but it looks like he's going to try and gut it out tonight. We'll have another update closer to tip-off, but it sounds like he could be limited if he does get out there, making him a slightly risky DFS target.
Mar 8 - 5:57 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
3Okaro White
PF1Josh McRoberts
2James Johnson
3Luke Babbitt
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Willie Reed
3Udonis Haslem