James Patrick Johnson (born February 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the starting power forward for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons from 2007 to 2009. He was drafted 16th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.
|No. 16 – Indiana Pacers|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
|Born||February 20, 1987|
Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Cheyenne East|
|College||Wake Forest (2007–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|2013||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2021||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Johnson attended Cheyenne East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming. During his senior year, he averaged 28 points and nine rebounds per game. Johnson and his brother, Scott, were both wide receivers on the football team as well.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Johnson was listed as the No. 16 small forward and the No. 62 player in the nation in 2007.
As a freshman at Wake Forest in 2007–08, Johnson had an instant impact, garnering third-team All-ACC honors as a freshman and finishing second in the 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year balloting, as he led the Demon Deacons in scoring and rebounding.
As a sophomore, Johnson again led the team in rebounding, leading the team to a 24–5 record and a #1 ranking during the 2008–09 season. He was again named third team All-ACC. Following the season, Johnson declared his eligibility for the 2009 NBA draft.
Chicago Bulls (2009–2011)Edit
Johnson was drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA draft. On July 8, 2009, he signed his first professional contract with the Bulls. On January 27, 2011, Johnson was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League. On February 14, 2011, he was recalled by the Bulls.
Toronto Raptors (2011–2012)Edit
On February 22, 2011, Johnson was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for the 2011 first-round pick that they had acquired from the Miami Heat.
Sacramento Kings (2012–2013)Edit
On July 16, 2012, Johnson was traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2014 second-round draft pick. On December 28, 2012, Johnson hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer which gave the Kings a 106–105 victory over the New York Knicks.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2013)Edit
On September 30, 2013, Johnson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived on October 21.
In November 2013, Johnson was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 10 games with the Vipers, he averaged 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 3.4 blocks per game.
Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)Edit
On December 16, 2013, Johnson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Return to Toronto (2014–2016)Edit
On July 17, 2014, Johnson signed with the Toronto Raptors, returning for a second stint.
On December 19, 2014, in Detroit, after Johnson's dunk on Andre Drummond made it 95–75 midway through the fourth, on Toronto's next possession, Drummond smashed into Johnson with a forearm and hip smash. This set off a melee that saw Drummond get a flagrant foul and four technicals called. Following the game, Johnson said "That was nasty, but that's basketball. I don't expect anything less from anybody that's trying to win. Frustration sets in when you want to win—no hard feelings." When asked to comment on the dunk itself, Johnson remarked, "That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him!" Johnson's quote, combined with the dunk, garnered social media buzz by Raptor fans, gaining popularity as a catchphrase associated with him to the point that it once spawned online T-shirt sales featuring his quote printed on T-shirts by an entrepreneur for a charitable campaign.
On February 21, 2015, Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in a 76–98 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Miami Heat (2016–2020)Edit
On July 10, 2016, Johnson signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Miami Heat. He made his debut for the Heat in their season opener on October 26, 2016, recording 11 points and six assists off the bench in a 108–96 win over Orlando Magic. On February 10, 2017, he scored a season-high 26 points in a 108–99 win over the Brooklyn Nets, helping the Heat record their 13th straight win. On April 5, 2017, he went 6 of 7 from three-point range and had 26 points in a 112–99 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
On July 7, 2017, Johnson re-signed with the Heat on a 4-year, $60 million contract. On January 10, 2018, he was suspended for one game without pay for an altercation with Serge Ibaka during a game against the Toronto Raptors a day earlier. On March 19, 2018, he scored a career-high 31 points in a 149–141 double-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.
Johnson missed the first month of the 2018–19 season following off-season sports hernia surgery.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2020)Edit
On February 6, 2020, Johnson was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-team trade.
Dallas Mavericks (2020–2021)Edit
On November 20, 2020, Johnson was traded, alongside the draft rights to Aleksej Pokuševski and Minnesota's 2024 second-round pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Ricky Rubio and the draft rights to Jaden McDaniels and Immanuel Quickley. On November 27, Johnson was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons.
New Orleans Pelicans (2021)Edit
On March 26, 2021, Johnson was traded, alongside Wes Iwundu and a second-round draft pick, to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for JJ Redick and Nicolò Melli.
Brooklyn Nets (2021–2022)Edit
On August 6, 2021, Johnson signed a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets. On March 1, 2022, he logged a season-high 19 points, alongside three assists, in a 108–109 loss to the Toronto Raptors. On April 7, Johnson was waived by the Nets.
Indiana Pacers (2022–present)Edit
On September 16, 2022, Johnson signed with the Indiana Pacers, reuniting him with former head coach Rick Carlisle. On February 9, 2023, he was waived alongside Goga Bitadze to make room for new trade–deadline acquisitions Jordan Nwora, George Hill, and Serge Ibaka. On February 13, Johnson re-signed with the Pacers for the remainder of the season following the release of Ibaka.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Johnson is of African-American and Samoan heritage. He is a black belt in karate and has a kickboxing record of 20–0 and has also fought in MMA.
Johnson has a tattoo of his son's name, "Naymin", inscribed around his front neck.
Johnson was arrested for domestic assault on June 7, 2014, after allegedly hitting and choking his wife, Callie, at their home. On June 30, 2014, the domestic assault case against Johnson was dismissed after his wife failed to appear in court. The couple later divorced, with Callie gaining custody of their son.
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- ^ "James Johnson Re-Signs with Miami Heat on 4-Year, $60M Contract". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
- ^ "Miami's J. Johnson, Toronto's Ibaka suspended; Raptors' DeRozan, Heat's Goran Dragic fined". NBA. January 11, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2022.
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- ^ "LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat 113–97". ESPN. November 18, 2018. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
James Johnson played for the first time this season after finally being declared good to go following offseason sports hernia surgery.
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- ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves Acquire Ricky Rubio And Draft Rights To Jaden McDaniels From Oklahoma City And Draft Rights To Leandro Bolmaro From New York". National Basketball Association. November 20, 2020.
- ^ "Thunder Acquires Trevor Ariza, Justin Jackson and Two Second-Round Draft Picks". National Basketball Association. November 27, 2020.
- ^ "Mavs acquire sharpshooting guard Redick in trade with Pelicans". mavs.com. March 26, 2021.
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- ^ "Raptors rally for 2nd straight win over struggling Nets". NBA.com. Retrieved June 6, 2022.
- ^ "Nets waive James Johnson, open roster spot before postseason". NBA.com. April 7, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
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- ^ "Indiana Pacers Acquire Jordan Nwora, George Hill, and Serge Ibaka, and Multiple Second-Round Picks". NBA. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
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- ^ "Son of Samoa makes it big at Wake Forest". samoanewsonline.com. June 22, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
- ^ "James Johnson". July 3, 2012.
- ^ "Miami Heat Forward, MMA Warrior And Black Belt James Johnson Evaluates Recent NBA Fights". January 20, 2018.
- ^ Chau, Danny (January 28, 2014). "They Call Him Bloodsport: James Johnson Kicks His Way Into the NBA".
- ^ "Griz's Johnson accused of hitting, choking wife". June 7, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
- ^ James Johnson's Domestic Assault Case Dismissed Archived November 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- ^ "Raptors' James Johnson maturing into role – Sportsnet.ca".
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.com
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons bio