James Johnson (basketball, born 1987)
James Patrick Johnson (born February 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the starting power forward for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University from 2007 to 2009. He was drafted 16th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Johnson with the Heat in 2018
|No. 16 – Miami Heat|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Born||February 20, 1987|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 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|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
High school careerEdit
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
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 3-pointer at the buzzer which gave the Kings a 106–105 victory over the New York Knicks.
Atlanta Hawks (2013)Edit
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2013)Edit
Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)Edit
Return to Toronto (2014–2016)Edit
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 the 76–98 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Miami Heat (2016–present)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.
|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 holds a second-degree black belt in karate and fought in his first mixed martial arts bout at age 18. He has an undefeated record in seven MMA matches, while also holding a 20–0 record in kickboxing matches.
He 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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- "Johnson scores 26, Heat beat lowly Nets for 13th straight". ESPN.com. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
- "Dragic, Heat top Hornets 112-99; pull into tie for 8th place". ESPN.com. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
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- "Stats system crashes in Miami as Heat top Nuggets in double overtime". ESPN.com. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
- "LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers roll past Heat 113-97". ESPN.com. 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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- Chau, Danny (28 January 2014). "They Call Him Bloodsport: James Johnson Kicks His Way Into the NBA".
- Fischer, jake (January 20, 2018). "Miami Heat Forward, MMA Warrior And Black Belt James Johnson Evaluates Recent NBA Fight".
- "Griz's Johnson accused of hitting, choking wife".
- James Johnson's Domestic Assault Case Dismissed Archived 2014-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Raptors' James Johnson maturing into role - Sportsnet.ca".