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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
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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

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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

James Johnson (elbow) participated during shootaround, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Johnson appears to be headed for a game-time call, but if he's out again, there will be more minutes for guys like Rodney McGruder and Okaro White, which really doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Head coach Erik Spoelstra said that at this point it's not as much about pain or a potential infection with the cut on his elbow, but more so his range of motion, as Johnson is still struggling getting a shot off. Considering he can't shoot it, he feels a bit closer to doubtful for tonight's game, but owners can expect to get another update closer to tip-off.
Mar 8 - 12:04 PM

James Johnson (elbow) heaped praise on the Miami training staff during a recent interview, crediting them for getting him in the best shape of his career, which has resulted in career-high numbers.

"I can move, cut through smaller spaces. And definitely give more effort out there in the game," Johnson said of his improved agility. "I can go from 100 [percent] effort to 150 now." Johnson is hitting career-highs in points (12.1), triples (1.1), boards (4.9) and dimes (3.4) this season, and when you factor in the 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per contest, he emerges as an eighth-round asset in standard 9-cat leagues. He's being listed as questionable for today's game, but we should get another update following shootaround.
Mar 8 - 11:43 AM

James Johnson (elbow) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Charlotte.

Johnson was not able to play Monday after having a cut opened up on his right (shooting) elbow on Saturday, but we're not expecting a long-term absence here. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, and if Johnson is unable to give it a go, that would open up minutes for Rodney McGruder and Okaro White.
Mar 7 - 2:06 PM

James Johnson (elbow) will not play on Monday vs. the Cavaliers.

JJ suffered a lacerated right elbow during Saturday's game and didn't return even though he was "available." Coach Erik Spoelstra said he doesn't want the elbow to get infected, so it sounds like they are holding him out as a precaution. His next chance to play will be on Wednesday vs. the Hornets. Rodney McGruder will likely have to guard LeBron James tonight, while Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington will likely see a bump in minutes off the bench since Tyler Johnson (neck, shoulder) is also out.
Mar 6 - 5:50 PM

James Johnson suffered a lacerated right elbow on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers, but he's available to return.

This game is a blowout, so Johnson probably won't see the floor in the fourth quarter. He will finish with eight points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one triple in 18 minutes.
Mar 4 - 9:56 PM

James Johnson scored 19 points with four rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer during a 110-99 loss to the Magic on Friday.

This isn't even really noteworthy for one of the best fantasy adds of the year. Johnson has turned in fourth-round value in his last 15 games and looks like a strong bet to be a top-60 guy going forward.
Mar 3 - 9:41 PM

James Johnson nearly triple-doubled in Saturday's 113-95 win over the Pacers with 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes.

What a way to bounce back after scoring just two points on Friday. Johnson also stuffed the stat sheet with two blocks, two steals and two triples, shooting 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line with five turnovers. He's arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year and could have more minutes coming his way if backup center Willie Reed misses time with his right calf strain -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn't afraid to use JJ as a small-ball five.
Feb 25 - 10:46 PM

James Johnson scored two points with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in just 16 minutes against the Hawks Friday.

He basically could do no wrong in his previous February games, averaging 16.3 points, 4.6 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.9 treys. The black-belted Johnson gets a pass due to foul trouble and his owners can expect him to rebound against the Pacers on Saturday.
Feb 25 - 1:53 AM

James Johnson matched his season-high 26 points against the 76ers on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

It didn't take long for him to match his season high set on Friday. Johnson has really benefited in the last two games with Dion Waiters out as he gets serious burn at the power forward spot. Not surprisingly, Johnson gets a 4.9 usage rate bump when he's not next to Waiters this season -- he's also 7.5 percent better on true shooting. Johnson looks like he'll be one of the best pickups in fantasy.
Feb 11 - 11:04 PM

James Johnson scored a season-high 26 points against the Nets during a 108-99 win on Friday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, three books and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

He's having a fantastic season. In fact, Johnson has scored more points this season than he has in any of his previous campaigns. Coach Erik Spoelstra can turn so-so players into impactful ones better than almost any coach and he did it again with the black-belt Johnson. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 11:41 PM

James Johnson had another all-around game on Wednesday, coming off the bench for 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting, four boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Miami has as 4-22 record when giving up at least 100 points this season, but their defense has been getting it done lately -- they held the Bucks to 88 points tonight, while earning a 48-34 advantage in rebounds. Johnson has been a big reason for their recent success, and he's cruising along with top-100 fantasy value over the past month.
Feb 9 - 12:38 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
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