James Johnson (basketball, born 1987)

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James Johnson
James Johnson Bulls vs Pacers 2009.jpg
Johnson with the Bulls in 2009
No. 3 – Toronto Raptors
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 28)
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Cheyenne East
(Cheyenne, Wyoming)
College Wake Forest (2007–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092011 Chicago Bulls
2011 Iowa Energy (D-League)
20112012 Toronto Raptors
2012–2013 Sacramento Kings
2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2013–2014 Memphis Grizzlies
2014–present Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
  • All-ACC Freshman team (2008)
  • 2x Third-team All-ACC (2008, 2009)
Stats at NBA.com

James Patrick Johnson (born February 20, 1987)[1] is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 16th overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Johnson was the starting power forward for the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University from 2007–2009. He declared his eligibility for the 2009 NBA draft following his sophomore year. Johnson is listed as 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and 250 lb (112 kg).

High school career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
Season Team G PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% MIN TO
2007–08 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 30 14.6 8.1 1.2 1.4 1.3 .487 .280 .689 29.2 2.6
2008–09 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 31 15.0 8.5 2.0 1.4 1.5 .542 .319 .697 30.5 2.4
Totals: 61 14.8 8.3 1.6 1.4 1.4 .514 .295 .692 29.9 2.5

Professional career[edit]

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]

Atlanta Hawks (2013)[edit]

On September 30, 2013, he signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[8] However, 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–present)[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]

On February 21, 2015, Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in the 76-98 loss to the Houston Rockets.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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

Regular season[edit]

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
Career 341 108 18.6 .477 .258 .703 3.3 1.5 .8 1.0 6.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Chicago 4 0 5.0 .000 .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 0.0 2.0
Career 9 0 6.7 .304 .333 .438 1.0 .2 .1 .0 2.6

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is of African-American and Samoan heritage.[17][18]

Johnson holds a second-degree black belt and fought in his first mixed martial arts bout at aged 18. He has an undefeated record in seven MMA matches, while also holding a 20-0 record in kickboxing matches.[19] He has a tattoo of his son's name, "Naymin", inscribed around his front neck.[19]

Johnson was arrested for domestic assault on June 7, 2014 after allegedly hitting and choking his wife, Callie, at their home.[20] On June 30, 2014, the domestic assault case against Johnson was dismissed after his wife failed to appear in court.[21] The couple later divorced each other, with Callie gaining custody of their son.[22]

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