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Acie 04-09-2011 12:45 PM

The Fast Break: Johnson Thriving in Toronto
 
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It’s impossible to know where Amir Johnson would be today had he chosen a college career over the NBA. Every now and then though, even he wonders where he’d been in life. That decision, however, is one no 18-year-old will ever have to make again.

Shortly after Johnson was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the 56th pick of the 2005 Draft, the league tweaked its rules. Eligible players must now be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school. The new guidelines mean Johnson will forever be a part of NBA trivia as the last high school player selected in the annual event.

Today, Johnson is a 23-year-old, six-year veteran rather than a sophomore. He’s since left Detroit and found a home with the Toronto Raptors, who signed the 6-foot-9 center to a five-year deal last June. Johnson has rewarded the Raptors with a career year.

“I think I’m just getting better with every game, working hard in the off-season and showing a little bit of what I can do,” said Johnson, who is averaging 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in 2010-11. “I have to get better every year.”

Much of Johnson’s success this year can be attributed to his increase in playing time. That is partly a product of Chris Bosh’s exit to the Miami Heat in the offseason. Johnson has started 54 of Toronto’s 78 games, playing an average of 25.7 minutes a night, all career bests.

“The more he plays and the longer he plays, and actually gets into the game-type situations, it’s going to be those type of things that will accelerate his development” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “I think he’s gotten better each year and that’s something we hope will continue to happen.”


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Alex 04-09-2011 12:50 PM

Neato.:cookie:

FoldedLaundry 04-09-2011 01:18 PM

Amir is 6 foot 9 and shouldnt being playing center lol, although he does seem taller

Beesh 04-09-2011 01:23 PM

oh thought this was about james johnson lol from the title

FoldedLaundry 04-09-2011 02:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Beesh (Post 528614)
oh thought this was about james johnson lol from the title

haha I thought so too, I got mislead

jj33 04-09-2011 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by FoldedLaundry (Post 528625)
haha I thought so too, I got mislead

Me three!

Aamir 04-09-2011 03:52 PM

Both Johnsons are thriving in Toronto. They are players you see on contenders. Hope both are here for a very long time.

x_kaptain_x 04-09-2011 04:16 PM

Me 4, I'm glad Amir is getting some recognition though, he's a classy guy who's not afraid to give a hard foul here and there. He's made himself even more valuable by adding a consistent 18 foot jumper to his repertoire. What ails me though is that we have too many PFs and not enough size at centre (I still have a hard time qualifying Bargs as a true C). I hope Colangelo has a trick up his sleeve this summer that will bring this team together because I personally feel we're not that far away from growing into a decent team.

Dutches 04-09-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by DonMughal (Post 528646)
Both Johnsons are thriving in Toronto. They are players you see on contenders. Hope both are here for a very long time.

Yup. Amir will be here for a while, I doubt we lose Ninjaraptor anytime soon also.

FoldedLaundry 04-10-2011 02:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Dutches (Post 528698)
Yup. Amir will be here for a while, I doubt we lose Ninjaraptor anytime soon also.

I can see both Johnsons staying here, what makes you say JJ won't be here? He was a draft pick BC wanted intentionally and we got him and DD. Two picks!

Dutches 04-10-2011 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by FoldedLaundry (Post 528770)
I can see both Johnsons staying here, what makes you say JJ won't be here? He was a draft pick BC wanted intentionally and we got him and DD. Two picks!

no no you misunderstood. i dont think JJ is leaving, and i dont want him to lol

FoldedLaundry 04-10-2011 08:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Dutches (Post 528776)
no no you misunderstood. i dont think JJ is leaving, and i dont want him to lol

Ahh I read wrong :cookie:

Don Vito 04-10-2011 09:04 PM

Ed Davis should be a starter though.. I like Amir but Davis is the clear cut starter here. Amir would be great off the bench though.

Dutches 04-10-2011 10:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Don Vito (Post 528912)
Ed Davis should be a starter though.. I like Amir but Davis is the clear cut starter here. Amir would be great off the bench though.

I agree. I feel Amir does very very well in limited minutes and Davis needs to start to develop his game, the guy is going to be awesome though, hopefully he stays here.

Shifty.py 04-11-2011 06:19 AM

Amir is seriously tough, playing through injuries and keeping the energy level up.
Hope he doesn't cause long-term health problems with that.


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