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'trane 07-13-2011 10:19 AM

2010-11 RF Player Report Card - Amir Johnson
Next up in our 2010-11 RF Player Report Cards:

Amir Johnson



Amir had nagging injuries in the 2nd half of the season, but still managed to put together a decent year. He shot a high percentage and had a number of very impressive games. The mid-range jumper he developed over the offseason expanded his game, creating space and forcing defenders to leave the paint to guard him. He needs to get more consistent, and if he can do that he could give us a similar presence to what Antonio Davis once did.

Grade: B-



I really enjoyed seeing Amir's development. He plays smart, tough basketball, and with his defense improving he could become a really nice glue guy in the future.

Grade: B



Amir's energy has stood out since he was acquired before last season. But now that he's expanded his game, he's more than an energy guy. He's rounding into a functional two way player. I know the coaching staff is regularly bashed, but I think somebody deserves a special mention, particularly regarding Amir. And that's Alex English. He's helped transform Amir into a decent mid-range threat. That being said, it takes two, and Amir's work ethic and willingness to evaluate and rectify his weaknesses is commendable, especially considering he just got paid. Clearly he loves the game, or else he wouldn't play through back and ankle problems for a major part of the campaign, again, especially considering he just got paid. Game winning free throws versus the Celts and the game winning bucket versus the Thunder were terrific moments for him.

Grade: B+



Full marks for him bringing his game up a notch from the year before. I'd still like to see it go up one notch more though. Hey one really cool thing about Amir is that he is a proud Torontonian. And he's a pretty good basketball player too.

Grade: B



The guy is a warrior. A 6'10 Alvin Williams if you will.

Uh oh.

Grade: B+



probably my favorite Raptor of the entire 2010-11 season.
he played hard, and really seemed to improve as the season went on. He started off as a fouling machine that could only grab rebs and hustle... but by the end of the year he developed into a legitimate PF who could go off for a double/double any given game.
Going forward, i think having Amir as our sixth man/big man fill-in will be a huge positive for this team. He's a great role guy who is young and has potential to be very solid for years to come.

Grade: B

Now it's your turn, RF. Let us know what you thought of Amir Johnson in 10-11.

Coming up next - Leandro Barbosa

Someguy again 07-13-2011 10:28 AM

massive improvement in his shot blocking and more and more im feeling comfortable with him taking that corner and free throw jumper, he's going to have to box out more aggressively when running a pick and roll deep in the paint but that's pretty much the flaw (minor) in him after his expanding his game and still putting up a solid season

Aamir 07-13-2011 10:38 AM

My favourite Raptor.

Funny how no one knew who he was back in the day.
He's the last guy to ever be drafted out of high school!!!!!!

I really hope our big man rotation in 2 years is:

PF: Davis/Amir/Reggie or something

C: Val/Davis/Sometimes Amir

This way he'll get more minutes.

Go Amir.

DanH 07-13-2011 11:09 AM

I gave him a B, but it's a glowing B. Really, the only reason it is not an A is that I've come to expect this level of efficiency and effort from Amir, and that is saying something. He's always among the league leaders in FG%, as well as being a high energy defender and rebounder who had made huge strides with his jump shot and free throws. He's one of the only players on the team who I know what I'm getting from every time he steps on the court.

Darn, now I wish I gave him an A. If he manages to improve his floor time to over 30 MPG, he'll get an A from me next year.

halphbreedballer 07-13-2011 11:13 AM


He works hard, gets better every game & plays through injury what more could ask?

jeffb 07-13-2011 11:19 AM


This guy has a great attitude. He improved his jumper, wasn't as foul prone. He played hurt through a couple tough injuries. Works hard, and loves being here and loves the city and seems to be a great teammate. Not really anything bad to say about Amir.

Shifty.py 07-13-2011 11:35 AM


He works hard, gets better every game & plays through injury what more could ask?

js12 07-13-2011 11:46 AM

B. He also made some strides in his game. He can occasionally hit a mid-range jumper and appears to have gotten better at the line.

Most importantly though, he still hustles and plays D.

moremilk 07-13-2011 12:20 PM

I'm not so high on Amir
Sure, compared to bargnani, he's a great defender. The problem is, he's supposed to be a great defender, because he gives you little offense. He really needs to improve his strength and we need more rebounding and shot blocking from him. He kind of lost his job to Davis last season, and I don't see him back as a starter anytime soon.

Still, he's very young, hardworking and shown great progress with his shot and fts, so I expect to see him improve even more. If he could bring 80% of what a guy like Chandler brought to Dallas, he'd be great as a 3rd big in a few years. Valanciunas, Davis and Amir could one day be the best defensive frontcourt in the league.

My grade is B.

carp 07-13-2011 01:27 PM

He's a great backup PF, and will be going forward. His heart and hustle is great on this team, and he's definitely bought into his role on this team. Great to see.


bjjs 07-13-2011 01:45 PM


Originally Posted by Shifty.py (Post 559667)

He works hard, gets better every game & plays through injury what more could ask?

Nothing really.

halphbreedballer 07-13-2011 02:00 PM


Originally Posted by Shifty.py (Post 559667)

He works hard, gets better every game & plays through injury what more could ask?


RaptorsFan4Life 07-13-2011 02:18 PM


No explanation necessarily

6cubed 07-13-2011 02:37 PM

If only he stayed healthy (also probably pointless to play through the pain too much when your team wins ~22 games)

Still foul prone... needs to especially stop biting on mid-range jumper fakes.

RAPMAN 07-13-2011 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by 6cubed (Post 559705)
If only he stayed healthy (also probably pointless to play through the pain too much when your team wins ~22 games)

He had back problems last year because he had to guard the center position the majority of the time. Hopefully we get a center, so we can preserve Amir and Ed Davis. With Amir, you know what you are going to get on a nightly basis. You are going to get hustle, rebounds, and good defence. He was the most consistent Raptor last year. He is a keeper.

Grade: B

LX 07-13-2011 03:57 PM

I almost hated to see him out there when I was looking for some tanking. I can only hope to be really happy to see him in there during meaningful games.

EggsToTheBBQ 07-13-2011 04:10 PM

Next to DeMar he was the most improved Raptor. His FT% was up, and he developed a jump shot without hurting his FG% too much, and cut down on the fouls, especially later in the season when his team needed him out on the floor due to injuries to other bigs.

He is a fan favorite, provides energy and plays tougher than his frame would lead you to believe he's capable of. He does the dirty work, and accepts whatever role he's given, as a starter playing extended minutes, or as an energy guy off the bench.

A - There aren't too many guys out there that are better teammates than Amir. It's nice to see him shore up his weaknesses and start to perform up to his potential.

box92 07-13-2011 04:48 PM

He had a great year. B+

Admiral 07-13-2011 06:13 PM

he gets a B to maybe a B+
nobody gets an A on this team
his drastic improvement with his jumpshot shows commitment to hardwork
he hustles and rebounds well
he's not fouling as much as he used to, but is still prone to fouls and therefore the D is still very average - i think this is what is really keeping me from giving him that +

jeffb 07-13-2011 09:20 PM

What is Amir's ceiling?

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