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James Patrick Johnson (born February 20, 1987)[1] 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.

James Johnson
James Johnson 20 December 2018.jpg
Johnson with the Heat in 2018
No. 16 – Miami Heat
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 32)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolCheyenne East
(Cheyenne, Wyoming)
CollegeWake Forest (2007–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career2009–present
Career history
20092011Chicago Bulls
2011Iowa Energy
20112012Toronto Raptors
2012–2013Sacramento Kings
2013Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2013–2014Memphis Grizzlies
20142016Toronto Raptors
2016–presentMiami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Third-team All-ACC (2008, 2009)
  • ACC All-Freshman team (2008)
Stats at NBA.com

Contents

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.[2]

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.[3]

College 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.[2]

Professional careerEdit

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.[4] On February 14, 2011, he was recalled by the Bulls.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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

On September 30, 2013, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[8] He was waived on October 21.[9]

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2013)Edit

In November 2013, he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[10] 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.[11]

Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2014)Edit

On December 16, 2013, Johnson signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[12]

Return to Toronto (2014–2016)Edit

On July 17, 2014, Johnson signed with the Toronto Raptors, returning for a second stint.[13]

On December 19, 2014, in Detroit, after Johnson's dunk on Andre Drummond made it 95–75 midway through the fourth,[14] 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."[15] When asked to comment on the dunk itself, Johnson remarked, "That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him!"[16] 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.[17]

On February 21, 2015, Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in the 76–98 loss to the Houston Rockets.[18]

Miami Heat (2016–present)Edit

On July 10, 2016, Johnson signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Miami Heat.[19][20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23]

On July 7, 2017, Johnson re-signed with the Heat.[24] On March 19, 2018, he scored a career-high 31 points in a 149–141 double-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.[25]

Johnson missed the first month of the 2018–19 season following off-season sports hernia surgery.[26]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Chicago 65 11 11.6 .452 .326 .729 2.0 .7 .3 .7 3.9
2010–11 Chicago 13 0 9.5 .415 .222 .462 1.8 1.1 .6 .7 3.2
2010–11 Toronto 25 25 28.0 .464 .240 .707 4.7 3.0 1.0 1.1 9.2
2011–12 Toronto 62 40 25.2 .450 .317 .704 4.7 2.0 1.1 1.4 9.1
2012–13 Sacramento 54 11 16.3 .413 .095 .597 2.7 1.1 .8 .9 5.1
2013–14 Memphis 52 4 18.4 .464 .253 .844 3.2 2.1 .8 1.1 7.4
2014–15 Toronto 70 17 19.6 .589 .216 .657 3.7 1.4 .8 1.0 7.9
2015–16 Toronto 57 32 16.2 .475 .303 .574 2.2 1.2 .5 .6 5.0
2016–17 Miami 76 5 27.4 .479 .341 .707 4.9 3.6 1.0 1.1 12.8
2017–18 Miami 73 41 26.6 .503 .308 .698 4.9 3.8 1.0 .7 10.8
2018–19 Miami 55 33 21.2 .433 .336 .714 3.2 2.5 .6 .5 7.8
Career 602 219 20.7 .477 .305 .695 3.6 2.1 .8 .9 7.9

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Chicago 4 0 5.0 .500 .000 .3 .3 .0 .0 .0
2014 Memphis 3 0 9.3 .333 .400 .700 2.0 .0 .3 .0 6.3
2015 Toronto 2 0 6.0 .333 .000 1.0 .5 .0 .0 2.0
2016 Toronto 10 0 9.8 .480 .444 .667 1.5 .6 .3 .0 3.0
2018 Miami 5 5 32.2 .548 .538 .643 6.0 4.8 1.2 1.2 12.4
Career 24 5 13.3 .467 .464 .545 2.3 1.3 .4 .3 4.8

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Wake Forest 30 28 29.2 .487 .280 .689 8.1 1.2 1.4 1.3 14.6
2008–09 Wake Forest 31 31 30.5 .542 .319 .697 8.5 2.0 1.4 1.5 15.0
Career 61 59 29.9 .515 .296 .693 8.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 14.8

Personal lifeEdit

Johnson is of African-American and Samoan heritage.[27][28]

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.[29][30]

He has a tattoo of his son's name, "Naymin", inscribed around his front neck.[29]

Johnson was arrested for domestic assault on June 7, 2014, after allegedly hitting and choking his wife, Callie, at their home.[31] On June 30, 2014, the domestic assault case against Johnson was dismissed after his wife failed to appear in court.[32] The couple later divorced, with Callie gaining custody of their son.[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "James Johnson Stats - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b "James Johnson Bio - Wake Forest Men's Basketball - WakeForestSports.com".
  3. ^ "Rivals.com". rivals.yahoo.com.
  4. ^ "Bulls assign James Johnson to D-League - Chicago Bulls".
  5. ^ "Johnson rejoins Bulls after NBDL stint".
  6. ^ "Raptors Acquire Johnson From Chicago". NBA.com. February 22, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "Kings Acquire James Johnson". NBA.com. July 16, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Atlanta Hawks fill up their training camp roster :InsideHoops". www.insidehoops.com.
  9. ^ "Atlanta Hawks waive James Johnson :InsideHoops". www.insidehoops.com.
  10. ^ "Vipers Select Johnson and Hunt in First Round of NBA Development League Draft". November 1, 2013. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "James Johnson G-League Stats - Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com.
  12. ^ "Grizzlies sign James Johnson - Memphis Grizzlies".
  13. ^ "Raptors Sign James Johnson - Toronto Raptors".
  14. ^ "James Johnson Cocks the Hammer and Explodes on the Rim". 19 December 2014 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "Raptors at Pistons".
  16. ^ Grange, Michael (January 12, 2015). "Raptors' James Johnson maturing into role - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  17. ^ Ngabo, Gilbert (January 12, 2015). "Toronto Raptors dunk prompts charitable campaign". Metro News. Archived from the original on March 14, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Raptors at Rockets".
  19. ^ "HEAT Announce Free Agent Signings". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  20. ^ Pineda, Matt (July 10, 2016). "Heat add James Johnson on 1-year, $4 million deal". HotHotHoops.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  21. ^ "Heat vs. Magic – Box Score". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  22. ^ "Johnson scores 26, Heat beat lowly Nets for 13th straight". ESPN.com. February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "Dragic, Heat top Hornets 112-99; pull into tie for 8th place". ESPN.com. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  24. ^ "HEAT Re-Signs James Johnson". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  25. ^ "Stats system crashes in Miami as Heat top Nuggets in double overtime". ESPN.com. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "Son of Samoa makes it big at Wake Forest". samoanewsonline.com. June 22, 2009. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
  28. ^ "James Johnson". 3 July 2012.
  29. ^ a b Chau, Danny (28 January 2014). "They Call Him Bloodsport: James Johnson Kicks His Way Into the NBA".
  30. ^ Fischer, jake (January 20, 2018). "Miami Heat Forward, MMA Warrior And Black Belt James Johnson Evaluates Recent NBA Fight".
  31. ^ "Griz's Johnson accused of hitting, choking wife".
  32. ^ James Johnson's Domestic Assault Case Dismissed Archived 2014-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
  33. ^ "Raptors' James Johnson maturing into role - Sportsnet.ca".

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