- Number: 16
- Position: Forward
- Height: 6’7”
- Weight: 240
- Years Pro: 10
- Date of Birth: 2/20/87 (Cheyenne, WY)
- Prior to NBA: Wake Forest
James Johnson Bio
Selected in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls…traded by Chicago to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick on Feb. 22, 2011…traded by Toronto to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2014 second-round draft-pick on July 16, 2012…signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Hawks on Sept. 21, 2013…waived by Atlanta on Oct. 21, 2013…called up from the G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers and signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 16, 2013…signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors on July 17, 2014…signed as a free agent by the HEAT on July 10, 2016…re-signed with the HEAT on July 7, 2017.
Has appeared in 602 NBA regular season games (219 starts) during his 10-year career and has averaged 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.89 blocks and 20.7 minutes while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor, 30.5 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the foul line…has sat out a total of 53 games due to injury, two games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list, two games for rest, eight games for personal reasons, seven games while on G League assignments, one game for an NBA suspension and has been a DNP-CD on 103 occasions…has scored in double figures on 213 occasions, including 26 games with at least 20 points and one 30-point game…his career high for consecutive games scoring in double figures is 12 (Mar. 8-31, 2017) and his career high for consecutive 20-point games is three (Feb. 8-11, 2017)…has grabbed double-figure rebounds on 18 occasions and posted 15 double-doubles…his career high for consecutive games with a steal is 12 (Jan. 10-31, 2012)…his career high for most consecutive games with a block is 10 (Feb. 11-Mar. 6, 2015)…his career high for consecutive games with multiple blocked shots is eight (Jan. 7-24, 2014)…has 154 multi-block games and 124 multi-steal games…his career high for most consecutive games with a three-point field goal made is eight on two occasions (Dec. 30, 2016-Jan. 17, 2017 and Nov. 4-19, 2016)…his career high for most consecutive free throws made is 17 (Nov. 26, 2009-Jan. 9, 2010)…his career high for consecutive starts is 36 (Jan. 18-Mar. 26, 2012)…ranks among the HEAT’s all-time leaders in blocked shots (19th) and assists (20th)…has appeared in 24 NBA postseason games (five starts) and has averaged 4.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 13.3 minutes while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, 46.4 percent from three-point range and 54.5 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures seven times in postseason play…has started all 18 NBA G League games in which he’s appeared and averaged 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 3.00 blocks, 1.50 steals and 30.9 minutes…scored in double figures in 16 G League contests, including nine games with at least 20 points and one 30-point effort…grabbed double-figure rebounds 11 times and posted 11 double-doubles in G League play.
Appeared in 55 games (33 starts) with the HEAT and averaged 7.8 points (.433 FG%, .714 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 21.2 minutes…missed a total of 20 games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on seven occasions…sat out the first 15 games of the season (Oct. 17-Nov. 16) recovering from off-season hernia surgery, missed four games (Feb. 23-28) with a slight left AC sprain and one game (Dec. 30) due to illness…served as a team tri-captain with Udonis Haslem and Goran Dragić…topped the HEAT in blocks 11 times, in steals seven times and in assists and plus/minus twice each…scored in double figures 19 times…grabbed his 2,000th career rebound on Nov. 27 vs. Atlanta…made his 200th career start on Dec. 22 vs. Milwaukee…played in his 600th career game on Apr. 7 at Toronto…Season Highs: 18 points (twice), eight rebounds (at L.A. Clippers, Dec. 8), six assists (at Boston, Apr. 1), three steals (at Oklahoma City, Mar. 18), three blocks (twice) and 30:47 minutes (at Toronto, Apr. 7).
Appeared in 73 games (41 starts) with the HEAT and averaged 10.8 points (.503 FG%, .698 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.96 steals and 26.6 minutes…missed a total of eight games due to injury and one game (Jan. 10 at Indiana) due to an NBA-imposed suspension…sat out one game (Nov. 1) with right knee tendinitis, six games (Dec. 18-30) with right ankle bursitis and one game (Apr. 4) with a sprained left ankle…served as a team tri-captain with Udonis Haslem and Goran Dragić…set single-season career highs in starts and assists…ranked 26th in the NBA in field goal percentage…ranked second on the team in assists, steals and three-point plays…recorded the only 30/10/5 game by a HEAT player in 2017-18 (31 points/11 rebounds/6 assists vs. Denver on Mar. 19)…set a franchise record for most total points in overtime with 18 in the two overtime periods on Mar. 19 vs. Denver…topped the HEAT in scoring six times, in assists 24 times, in steals and blocks 16 times each, in rebounds 10 times, in plus/minus on eight occasions and in minutes four times…scored in double figures 39 times, including eight games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…grabbed double-figure rebounds six times and amassed five double-doubles…registered career highs in both points (31) and defensive rebounds (11) on Mar. 19 vs. Denver…scored his 4,000th career point on Jan. 31 at Cleveland…played in his 500th game on Dec. 13 vs. Portland…registered his 1,000th career assist and 400th career steal on Jan. 14 vs. Milwaukee…recorded his 500th career block on Mar. 16 against the Lakers in LA…Season Highs: 31 points (vs. Denver, Mar. 19), 11 rebounds (twice), eight assists (five times), five blocks (vs. Indiana, Oct. 21), three steals (six times) and 46:15 minutes (vs. Denver, Mar. 19).
Saw action in 76 games (five starts) with the HEAT and averaged 12.8 points (.479 FG%, .707 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.13 blocks, 1.00 steals and 27.4 minutes…missed a total of six games due to injury…missed four games (Dec. 6-10) with a strained right rotator cuff, one game (Jan. 3) due to food poisoning and one game (Mar. 6) with a right elbow contusion…led the HEAT in plus/minus (+138) and finished second in three-point plays (26), defensive and total rebounds, assists and blocks…set single-season career highs in games, minutes, points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, three-point field goals made and attempted, three-point field goal percentage, defensive and total rebounds, steals and blocks…ranked among NBA leaders in blocks per game (26th) and field goal percentage (40th)…was in isolation defense situations 53 times and held his opponent to 22 percent shooting (9-41) and just 0.49 points per isolation possession (26 total points), both of which ranked second lowest in the NBA among all players with at least 53 isolation situations in 2016-17…finished fifth in the voting for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award and sixth in the voting for the Most Improved Player of the Year award…topped the team in scoring eight times and in blocks 22 times, in steals 16 times, in assists 15 times, in plus/minus nine times, in minutes on four occasions and in rebounds three times…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench on 27 occasions and also topped the HEAT reserves in assists a team-high 43 times…scored in double figures a career-high 55 times, including 11 games of at least 20 points…scored in double figures in a career-high 12 consecutive games from Mar. 8-31 and scored at least 20 points in a career-high three straight games from Feb. 8-11…his nine 20-point games off the bench were two shy of tying the HEAT’s single-season record…grabbed double-figure rebounds four times and handed out double-figure assists once…posted four double-doubles...recorded single-season highs in multi-trey games (22), multi-steal games (21) and multi-block games (28)…hit at least one three-point field goal in a career-high eight consecutive games twice (Dec. 30-Jan. 17 and Nov. 4-19)…scored his 3,000th career point on Jan. 10 at Golden State…appeared in his 400th career game on Oct. 28 vs. Charlotte…handed out a career-high 12 assists at Milwaukee on Jan. 13…hit a career-high six three-point field goals at Charlotte on Apr. 5…Season Highs: 26 points (three times), 12 assists (at Milwaukee, Jan. 13), 11 rebounds (at Washington, Apr. 8), four blocks (vs. Toronto, Mar. 23), three steals (six times) and 38:07 minutes (at Toronto, Apr. 7).
Appeared in 57 games (32 starts) for the Toronto Raptors and averaged 5.0 points (.475 FG%, .574 FT%), 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 16.2 minutes…missed a total of seven games due to injury, 14 games as a DNP-CD, two games as a healthy scratch on the inactive list and two games due to rest…sat out Dec. 2 at Atlanta due to a sore left Achilles…missed five games with a sprained left ankle (Dec. 22 and Feb. 2-10)…sat out one game (Mar. 18 vs. Boston) due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot…topped the team in rebounds and assists one time each and was Toronto’s leading scorer off the bench twice…scored in double figures seven times…Season Highs: 14 points (vs. Sacramento, Dec. 20), nine rebounds (at Washington, Jan. 8), five assists (at Miami, Dec. 18), four blocks (vs. New York, Jan. 28), two steals (seven times) and 32:29 minutes (vs. Sacramento, Dec. 20).
Appeared in 70 games (17 starts) for the Raptors and averaged 7.9 points (.589 FG%, .657 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.00 blocks and 19.6 minutes…missed a total of seven games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on five occasions…sat out three games (Nov. 19-22) with a sprained right ankle and four games (Jan. 30-Feb. 4) with a strained right hamstring…set a single-season career high in field goal percentage…finished second on the team in blocks…topped the Raptors in scoring twice, in rebounds on five occasions and in assists once…was Toronto’s leading scorer off the bench eight times…scored in double figures 24 times, including a pair of 20-point games…grabbed double-figure rebounds three times and posted a pair of double-doubles…blocked at least one shot in a career-high 10 consecutive games from Feb. 11-Mar. 6…Season Highs: 27 points (at Houston, Feb. 21), 11 rebounds (at Portland, Dec. 30), five assists (vs. Oklahoma City, Nov. 4), four steals (four times), four blocks (three times) and 36:08 minutes (vs. Boston, Jan. 10).
Split the season between the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League…appeared in 52 games (four starts) for the Grizzlies and averaged 7.4 points (.464 FG%, .844 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.10 blocks and 18.4 minutes…did not officially miss any games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on seven occasions, one of which he dressed despite a sprained right ankle (Mar. 3 at Washington)…set a single-season career high in free throw percentage…led the NBA in blocks on opponents’ three-point field goal attempts (16)…ranked second on the team in blocks per game and third in total blocks…topped the team in scoring three times, in blocks 19 times, in steals nine times, in assists on six occasions and in rebounds and minutes once each…scored in double figures 18 times, including one 20-point performance…grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…recorded multiple blocked shots in a career-high eight consecutive games from Jan. 7-24…matched his career high in blocks with six at Milwaukee on Jan. 15…started all 10 games in which he appeared for the Vipers and averaged 18.5 points (.496 FG%, .773 FT%), 9.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 3.40 blocks, 1.90 steals and 29.9 minutes…at the time of his call-up, he was the only G League player to rank in the Top 15 in scoring (14th), rebounding (12th) and assists (14th) while also placing third in blocks and tied for seventh in steals per game…scored in double figures eight times, including six games with at least 20 points…grabbed double-figure rebounds seven times and posted seven double-doubles and five 20-10 games…NBA Season Highs: 20 points (at San Antonio, Apr. 6), 10 rebounds (vs. Chicago, Dec. 30), eight assists (vs. Houston, Jan. 25), six blocks (at Milwaukee, Jan. 15), four steals (vs. Houston, Jan. 25) and 33:13 minutes (vs. Utah, Dec. 23).
Appeared in 54 games (11 starts) for the Sacramento Kings and averaged 5.1 points (.413 FG%, .597 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.93 blocks and 16.3 minutes…missed one game due to injury (Feb. 2 at New York with a sinus infection), 19 games as a DNP-CD and eight games for personal reasons…led the team in blocks per game and ranked third in total blocks…topped the Kings in scoring once and in assists twice…scored in double figures 10 times…hit a game-winning three-point field goal at the buzzer on Dec. 28 vs. New York to give the Kings a 106-105 victory…Season Highs: 17 points (vs. New York, Dec. 28), nine rebounds (at Charlotte, Jan. 19), five assists (vs. L.A. Lakers, Nov. 21), five blocks (at Brooklyn, Jan. 5), three steals (twice) and 32:36 minutes (vs. Portland, Nov. 13).
Saw action in 62 games (40 starts) for the Toronto Raptors in the lockout-shortened season and averaged 9.1 points (.450 FG%, .704 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.35 blocks, 1.15 steals and 25.2 minutes…missed two games due to injury and two games as a DNP-CD…sat out one game (Jan. 16 at Atlanta) with a sprained right ankle and one game (Mar. 28 vs. Denver) due to an upper respiratory infection…set a single-season career high in offensive rebounds…became the first Raptor to lead the team in both steals and blocks in the same season…ranked second on the team in field goals made and attempted, third in points, defensive and total rebounds, assists, free throws attempted and minutes and tied for third in free throws made…topped the Raptors in points, rebounds and assists five times each…scored in double figures 24 times, including three 20-point efforts…grabbed double-figure rebounds three times and posted three double-doubles…started a career-high 36 consecutive games from Jan. 18-Mar. 26…grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds at Milwaukee on Apr. 23…had a career-high six steals vs. Indiana on Dec. 28…blocked a career-high six shots at Utah on Jan. 25…Season Highs: 23 points (vs. Portland, Jan. 20), 13 rebounds (at Milwaukee, Apr. 23), seven assists (vs. Orlando, Mar. 5), six steals (vs. Indiana, Dec. 28), six blocks (at Utah, Jan. 25) and 47:04 minutes (at Chicago, Mar. 24).
Split the season between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors of the NBA and the Iowa Energy of the NBA G League…appeared in 38 NBA games (25 starts) and averaged 7.1 points (.456 FG%, .662 FT%), 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.97 blocks and 21.6 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on 34 occasions (all with Chicago) and missed seven games (Jan. 28-Feb. 12) while on a G League assignment to Iowa…scored in double figures 11 times and grabbed double-figure rebounds once…came off the bench in all 13 games in which he appeared with the Bulls and averaged 3.2 points (.415 FG%, .462 FT%), 1.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 9.5 minutes…started all 25 games in which he appeared for the Raptors and averaged 9.2 points (.464 FG%, .707 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.12 blocks, 1.00 steals and 28.0 minutes…topped the Raptors in rebounds and assists once each…started all eight games in which he appeared with the Energy and averaged 19.3 points (.535 FG%, .918 FT%), 8.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.50 blocks, 1.00 steals and 32.1 minutes…scored in double figures in all eight games, including three games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…grabbed double-figure rebounds four times and posted four double-doubles…NBA Season Highs: 18 points (vs. New Jersey, Apr. 10), 10 rebounds (vs. Milwaukee, Mar. 30), seven assists (vs. Dallas, Feb. 27), three steals (twice), three blocks (three times) and 41:51 minutes (vs. Miami, Apr. 13).
Appeared in 65 games (11 starts) for the Bulls and averaged 3.9 points (.452 FG%, .729 FT%), 2.0 rebounds and 11.6 minutes…missed two games due to injury and was a DNP-CD on 15 occasions…sat out a pair of games (Mar. 27 and Apr. 3) with a right foot strain…ranked among NBA rookie leaders in blocks per game (4th)…topped the Bulls in scoring twice…scored in double figures six times, including one 20-point performance…hit a career-high 17 straight free throw attempts from Nov. 26-Jan. 9…made his NBA debut on Oct. 30 at Boston…made his first career start on Mar. 1 vs. Atlanta…Season Highs: 20 points (at Miami, Mar. 12), eight rebounds (vs. Cleveland, Mar. 19), four assists (at Orlando, Mar. 11), four blocks (at Memphis, Mar. 16), three steals (at Orlando, Mar. 11) and 42:45 minutes (at Miami, Mar. 12).
2018: Started all five games in Miami’s Opening Round series vs. Philadelphia and averaged 12.4 points (.548 FG%, .643 FT%), 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.20 steals, 1.20 blocks and 32.1 minutes…ranked among NBA postseason leaders in three-point field goal percentage (5th), field goal percentage (12th), blocks per game (tied-12th), assists per turnover (14th), assists per game (17th), rebounds per game (tied-33rd) and steals per game (tied-33rd)…led the HEAT in minutes, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and assists and tied for the team lead in blocks…topped the team in blocks twice and in minutes, rebounds and steals once each…scored in double figures four times, including a postseason career-high 18 points in Miami’s Game 2 win on Apr. 16…shot 7-7 from the floor in Game 2 which is one shy of the HEAT postseason record for most field goals made in a game without a miss…set postseason career high in both minutes (36:34) and steals (3) in Game 2…grabbed a postseason career-high eight rebounds in Game 4 on Apr. 21…2016: Came off the bench in all 10 games in which he appeared for the Raptors and averaged 3.0 points (.480 FG%, .667 FT%), 1.5 rebounds and 9.8 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on 10 occasions…scored in double figures twice…appeared in just one game in the Opening Round series vs. Indiana and totaled two points and one assist in 3:19 of action…saw action in three games of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series vs. Miami and was scoreless with two rebounds and a steal in 12:32 of action…appeared in all six games in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Cleveland and averaged 4.7 points (.500 FG%, .000 FT%), 2.2 rebounds and 13.6 minutes…2015: Came off the bench in both games in which he appeared for Toronto in its Opening Round series vs. Washington and averaged 2.0 points (.333 FG%, .000 FT%), 1.0 rebounds and 6.0 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD twice in the four-game series…2014: Came off the bench in all three games in which he appeared for Memphis in its Opening Round series vs. Oklahoma City and averaged 6.3 points (.333 FG%, .700 FT%), 2.0 rebounds and 9.3 minutes…did not miss any games to injury but was a DNP-CD on four occasions…scored in double figures once…2010: Came off the bench in all four games in which he appeared for Chicago in its Opening Round series vs. Cleveland and was scoreless with one rebound and one assist in 19:55 of action…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD once…made his NBA postseason debut in Game 1 at Cleveland on Apr. 17.
Played two seasons at Wake Forest before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft…appeared in 61 games (59 starts) for the Demon Deacons and averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.44 blocks, 1.39 steals and 29.9 minutes…was a two-time Third Team All-ACC selection…was a Freshman All-American and the runner-up for the ACC Rookie of the Year…finished his career with 903 points and 508 rebounds…led Wake Forest in rebounds in each of his two seasons…started all 31 games for the Deacon Demons as a sophomore in 2008-09 and averaged 15.0 points (.542 FG%, .697 FT%), 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.55 blocks, 1.42 steals and 30.5 minutes…led the team in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks as a sophomore and ranked second in scoring and steals…had career highs of 28 points and 18 rebounds vs. North Carolina State on Feb. 26, 2009…hit a game-winning lay-up with 0.8 seconds left to beat No. 1 ranked Duke, 70-68, on Jan. 28, 2009…led Wake Forest with 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks vs. Cleveland State in the Opening Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament at Miami…appeared in all 30 games (28 starts) for Wake as a freshman in 2007-08 and averaged 14.6 points (.487 FG%, .689 FT%), 8.1 rebounds, 1.37 steals, 1.33 blocks, 1.2 assists and 29.2 minutes…was just the third player in school history to earn All-ACC honors as a freshman joining Rodney Rogers and Chris Paul…was named to the ACC All-Freshman team after leading the Deacon Demons in both points and rebounds, becoming the first freshman to accomplish the feat since Rodney Rogers in 1991…his 8.1 rebounds per game average was the 13th best by a freshman in ACC history…scored 24 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds in Wake’s upset of second-ranked Duke on Feb. 17, 2008.
Full name is James Patrick Johnson…is the son of Willie and Vi Johnson…is the middle child of nine children (six brothers and two sisters)…married his wife Diana in October of 2017…has three sons (Harlem, Naymin and Golden Johnson)…his father is a seven-time world kickboxing champion and a former Marine and his mother is a five-time nationals winner as a competitor in the sport…his parents are both black belts and each of his eight siblings are black belts of varying degrees…he holds a second-degree black belt…fought in his first mixed martial arts bout at the age of 18 and was declared the winner after 97 seconds…has an undefeated record in seven MMA matches, having fought in Utah, Colorado and Las Vegas…has used martial arts to train and went 21-0 in kickboxing competition…when he’s done playing he would like to get involved in MMA…is the second person of Samoan heritage to play in the NBA, following Wally Rank who played for the L.A. Clippers in the 1980-81 season…enjoys playing golf in his free time…created a series of signature hats for New Era during the 2017-18 season…his favorite sport other than basketball is football and he’s a fan of the New York Giants…as a junior in high school he led Cheyenne East to the 2006 Class 4A state championship…wears size 14 sneakers.
|MIN||47:04, at Chicago (3-24-12)||36:34, at Philadelphia (4-16-18)|
|FGM||13, vs. Denver (3-19-18)||7, at Philadelphia (4-16-18)|
|FGA||21, at Milwaukee (4-23-12)||12, vs. Philadelphia (4-21-18)|
|3-PT FGM||6, at Charlotte (4-5-17)||2, four times (last: vs. Philadelphia (4-19-18)|
|3-PT FGA||7, six times (last: at Golden State, 11-6-17)||4, two times (last: vs. Philadelphia (4-21-18)|
|FTM||9, at Philadelphia (2-11-17)||6, vs. Oklahoma City (5-1-14)|
|FTA||13, at Philadelphia (2-11-17)||8, vs. Oklahoma City (5-1-14)|
|OR||4, six times (last: at Sacramento, 3-14-18)||4, vs. Oklahoma City (5-1-14)|
|DR||11, vs. Denver (3-19-18)||7, vs. Philadelphia, 4-21-18)|
|TOT||13, at Milwaukee (4-23-12)||8, vs. Philadelphia (4-21-18)|
|AST||12, at Milwaukee (1-13-17)||5, four times (last: at Philadelphia, 4-24-18)|
|STL||6, vs. Indiana (12-28-11)||3, at Philadelphia, 4-16-18)|
|TO||6, three times (last: at L.A. Clippers, 11-5-17)||3, two times (last: vs. Philadelphia, 4-21-18)|
|BLK||6, two times (last: at Milwaukee, 1-15-14)||2, two times (last: at Philadelphia, 4-24-18)|
|PTS||31, vs. Denver (3-19-18)||18, at Philadelphia (4-16-18)|