July 15, 2020, 12:19 amJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson bounced back a bit this season after a difficult 2018-19, ranking inside the top-175 in 8-cat, after he was traded mid-season from the Heat to the Wolves.
Johnson was injured for much of the 2019 portion of the NBA schedule this year. He had a couple strong games for the Heat in January (most notably a 22-point, six-rebound effort vs. the Kings on January 20) that solidified the Wolves' confidence in trading for him. The Wolves shifted focus to their youth once Karl-Anthony Towns went down with injury, which happened to be right around the time Johnson joined the squad. He was dynamite in Minnesota, producing top-80 value with 12.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 triples per game on a clean .500 from the field. Johnson will very likely make the decision to exercise his $16 million player option for 2020-21, which is a no-brainer from his point of view because it's extremely hard to see him getting that much if he tried his luck on the open market. He could be in line to start for the Wolves next season if everything stays how it is now, but fellow forward Juan Hernangomez (who was also acquired by the Wolves in February) could push him for minutes. Hernangomez (24) is significantly younger than Johnson (33).
June 28, 2020, 7:55 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic is confident that James Johnson will exercise his player option to stay with the Wolves next season.
It's difficult to imagine Johnson fetching $16,000,000 on the open market, and he should have a fair shot to carve out a decent role on a young Wolves roster next season. He spent most of his time at center or power forward once he joined the Wolves mid-season, and he will have to adjust his game to fit next to a healthy Karl-Anthony Towns initially. Nonetheless, Johnson could be an important veteran presence who makes his teammates better. He could land the first shot at the starting power forward job when the Wolves are focused on winning basketball games in the early going next year.
Source: The Athletic
March 8, 2020, 6:51 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson managed 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, a block and three 3-pointers off the bench in Sunday's home loss.
Johnson continues to roll right along as a nightly multi-cat threat and should be rostered in all leagues, especially with no return in sight for Karl-Anthony Towns. JJ's a nice bet for a handful of rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and threes on any given night, and on days where he puts it all together at once it's a fantasy delight.
March 4, 2020, 11:06 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson produced a nice multi-cat game on Wednesday, chipping in eight points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, three blocks and a 3-pointer in 22 minutes.
This is exactly the kind of versatile gem that Johnson's physical profile promises, and it's great to see him flourishing again after his Miami stint ended poorly. He's a middle-round guy of late and shouldn't be on any waiver wires right now.
March 3, 2020, 11:23 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson was a primary contributor for the Wolves on Tuesday, finishing with 19 points (8-of-14 FG, 1-of-2 3PT), six rebounds, five assists and two steals in only 21 minutes in a victory over the Pelicans.
This was remarkable production from Johnson, considering he only logged 21 minutes. With Karl-Anthony Towns dealing with injury, Johnson has virtually been a must-own player. He definitely needs to be used in deeper leagues and, given his play since arriving in Minnesota, should have the opportunity to retain some of his value even if/when KAT makes a return to the court.
February 28, 2020, 10:37 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson continued to produce in 26 minutes off the bench on Friday, ending with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Johnson is currently the Wolves' top option off the bench with Karl-Anthony Towns on the shelf, and he has been very productive in his stead. He ranks in the top-75 over the past two weeks, roughly the time that Towns has been out, and is usable until Towns make his return to action.
February 25, 2020, 12:05 amNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid shot an awful 2-of-10 from the field for six points, five boards, two dimes, one triple and three blocks in 27 minutes on Monday.
Reid is still getting a feel for his new role as the Wolves' starting center. The three blocks were a nice touch, but we've seen his flashes of upside and are waiting patiently for him to deliver on a regular basis. James Johnson continues to outplay him. Johnson put up 19 points, five rebounds, one trey and two blocks in his 24 minutes off the bench.
February 23, 2020, 9:33 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid produced 13 points (5-of-12 FG), five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal against the Nuggets on Sunday.
Reid only saw 22 minutes and picked up five fouls in the process. He has now had five fouls in three straight outings, and that issue could cripple his value in the long run if he does not get it under control. It'd be nice to see Reid pick up some blocks, but the upside remains tantalizing for as long as Karl-Anthony Towns is out of the picture. James Johnson also remains a productive option for the Wolves, emerging with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer while coming off the bench. Johnson is a standard league pickup while KAT is absent.
February 13, 2020, 5:43 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
According to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic, Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to miss additional games following the All-Star break with a left wrist injury.
The initial news came as a surprise to the basketball community as it didn't appear that Towns suffered this injury in their game on Monday. Naz Reid, James Johnson & Juan Hernangómez will all see increased value while Towns is out.
Source: The Athletic
February 12, 2020, 11:47 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson stuffed the stat sheet in a start on Wednesday, tallying five points with five boards, five assists, three steals, three blocks and a triple.
Karl-Anthony Towns sat this one out with a wrist injury, so Johnson drew the spot start and logged 32 minutes, so don't get too excited here. That being said, Johnson can still have low-end value off the bench as the backup center for owners in need of peripheral stats. If he can somehow work his way up to minutes in the high-20s, he's definitely worth owning as a backend guy in standard leagues because of his propensity to put up defensive numbers.
February 12, 2020, 6:23 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson will start for the injured Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) on Wednesday.
Johnson could have some appeal in 14-team leagues for the rest of the season as the Wolves have an entirely new roster mid-season. He is also an excellent short-term streaming candidate for as long as KAT will remain out and should be looked at as a low-cost option in DFS lineups.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 6:00 pmKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns (left wrist) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Hornets and he will undergo further evaluation over the All-Star break.
This is the first that we are hearing about this injury and we will need to wait to get more news before deciding to stream anyone in particular. Naz Reid, James Johnson and Juan Hernangómez just became a lot more attractive in DFS on Wednesday's slate.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
February 10, 2020, 11:10 pmJuancho HernangomezPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
In Juancho Hernangomez's second game with the Wolves, he scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes in a road loss to the Raptors.
Hernangomez was a popular add once it looked like he'd be getting a starting role in Minnesota. But even with significant minutes, his ceiling is likely around the back of the top-100 players. Fellow newcomer James Johnson went for eight points, seven boards, three dimes and two triples in 28 minutes off the bench in this one.
February 8, 2020, 10:39 pmJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson came off the bench in his debut for the Wolves and posted a full line with 15 points, five assists, two steals, one block and two triples in 20 minutes on Saturday.
Johnson flashed the type of well-rounded production that he can offer if given the minutes. He is a player to put on a watch list and could be a solid contributor across the board if he gets 27 minutes per game in Minnesota.
January 20, 2020, 10:18 pmJames JohnsonPF, Miami Heat
James Johnson had a strong night off the bench on Monday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.
Johnson made a return after dealing with an eye injury and popped up with a big line as he usually does every three or four games. Until he does this consistently, we''re going to suggest leaving him on the wire.