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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 tied his season-high with 22 points on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with five assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and zero turnovers.
Johnson played just 21 minutes but he was firing on all cylinders, which is great if you stuck with him or (more likely) plucked him off the waiver wire. Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain) will likely be ready on the other side of the break, adding another layer of complication to the frontcourt rotation, but Johnson's owners might as well hold him to see how things play out. Feb 14 - 10:44 PM

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James Johnson scored nine points with two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Not having Kelly Olynyk was big for Johnson here to boost his playing time. The Heat are expected to play Bam Adebayo next to Hassan Whiteside, so that could be a potential obstacle for Johnson. He's still struggling a bit, but we'd expect him to heat up after the break. He's a hold.
Feb 7 - 10:36 PM

James Johnson played 18 quiet minutes on Monday vs. Orlando, scoring six points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

He was 2-of-5 from the field and brought very little to the table tonight. His fantasy owners probably got their hopes up after he had 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three 3-pointers and two steals in 29 minutes in his last outing, but he posted a dud tonight when Miami needed him the most. Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) left the game after just seven minutes and could miss time, so maybe Johnson takes advantage of this opportunity. On Monday, it was Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow who stepped up for the Heat.
Feb 5 - 10:48 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say how long James Johnson would remain with the second unit.

Johnson was in a really bad slump prior to Saturday's game, but responded to his demotion the right way and gave the Heat a spark, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three 3-pointers and two steals in 29 minutes. "Everybody will notice if he scores points," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It’s not about that. It’s about leadership, his captaincy, No. 1. No. 2, then those defensive inspiring plays." The move to the second unit may actually be a blessing in disguise, so his fantasy owners should stick with him.
Feb 4 - 9:41 AM

James Johnson scored 18 points off the bench against the Pistons on Saturday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, three 3-pointers and two steals in 29 minutes.

It was one of his best offensive game since returning from an ankle injury, and it's even more surprising in a back-to-back set. Johnson has shined off the bench before and maybe coach Erik Spoelstra keeps him there going forward. He'll be fine for fantasy either way.
Feb 3 - 9:49 PM

James Johnson will move to the bench on Saturday against the Pistons.

It's a mild surprise he doesn't start against Blake Griffin and maybe the back-to-back is a factor. Johnson hasn't looked right these days and he needs the All-Star break. He's still a hold in standard leagues.
Feb 3 - 6:30 PM

James Johnson scored just four points in 29 minutes against the Kings during a 89-88 loss on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

The Heat have been clutch this year, but this time they folded with plenty of mistakes against one of the NBA's worst teams. Johnson has failed to crack double-digit scoring in six of his last eight games while his defensive stats have dropped a tad. He should still be starting in just about all nine-category formats.
Jan 25 - 10:10 PM

James Johnson scored 22 points with six rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

He ran the offense a lot in this game because the Heat basically had no point guard -- not counting Josh Richardson. Johnson was a lacking some burst coming into this game, but he looked much better on both ends. Plus, he managed to score five points in four seconds to help the Heat earn a big win. His owners should feel a little better and can expect him to be a mid-round guy.
Jan 20 - 10:46 PM

James Johnson scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

For the most part, Johnson did look a step slow in this game and it may have cost him a few minutes. On the plus side, he had a very nice drive against DeMarre Carroll in the fourth and he did close this game. Maybe his ankle is still bothering him, but his fantasy owners should continue to plug him into their lineups.
Jan 19 - 10:29 PM

James Johnson dished out eight assists in a start on Sunday, to go with four points, four boards, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes.

The shooting wasn’t pretty as Johnson went just 2-of-8 from the field, but he did do a fantastic job defensively against Giannis Antetokounmpo and had a nice two-man game going with Tyler Johnson. JJ has been better as a starter this season, but Erik Spoelstra will likely continue to alternate the starting four-spot based on the matchup. Kelly Olynyk finished with seven points, seven boards, one steal and one turnover in 18 minutes off the bench.
Jan 14 - 3:31 PM

James Johnson will replace Kelly Olynyk in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Bucks.

This may be a matchup move, as the Heat will need Johnson to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's averaging 28.3 minutes per game in 11 starts and 25.7 minutes in 22 games off the bench, so he'll see a slight bump in value Sunday. He's a must-own fantasy asset regardless of where he begins the game.
Jan 14 - 12:26 PM

James Johnson has been suspended one game for his altercation with Serge Ibaka on Tuesday night.

Ibaka was also hit with a one-game suspension. No surprise here, as both players threw and landed punches in the exchange. Assuming Johnson doesn't appeal the suspension, he will not be available for Wednesday's game vs. Indiana. The Heat could go in any number of directions based on matchups, with Jordan Mickey, Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. all potentially logging a few extra minutes.
Jan 10 - 4:14 PM

James Johnson was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

Ibaka gave JJ a little shove, but the Heat forward responded by throwing a punch. Ibaka threw one back, so both players were ejected with double technicals. He'll be facing a fine at the very least, and don't be surprised if he's suspended as well. We'll consider him questionable to play on Wednesday vs. the Pacers. The Heat are giving the Bam Adebayo-Hassan Whiteside combo a look, so the rookie could see a bump if JJ misses time.
Jan 9 - 9:02 PM

James Johnson had 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes off the bench on Sunday, helping the Heat defeat the visiting Jazz 103-102.

Johnson made 6-of-12 field goals without any defensive stats tonight, and it didn't take him long to recover from Friday's 0-of-7 shooting dud. His recent ankle bursitis appears to be a non-issue, and his role is very safe with Miami running a tight rotation -- they went nine deep tonight, but two of those logged under 13 minutes. Johnson is safe to deploy in nearly any scoring format.
Jan 7 - 7:35 PM

James Johnson missed all seven of his shots from the field in Friday's overtime win over the Knicks, finishing with four points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Despite the rough shooting line, you have to love the workload in just his second game back after a six-game absence in December. The Heat rolled with James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk down the stretch and the move paid off with Johnson coming up with a huge steal late. He had 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, four rebounds and one assist on Wednesday, so expect a better fantasy line on Sunday vs. Utah.
Jan 5 - 11:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
3Derrick Walton Jr.
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Josh Richardson
2Rodney McGruder
3Derrick Jones Jr.
PF1Justise Winslow
2James Johnson
3Luke Babbitt
4Jordan Mickey
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Kelly Olynyk
3Bam Adebayo
4Udonis Haslem