The Fast Break: Johnson Thriving in Toronto
Old 04-09-2011, 12:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 04-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Neato.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Amir is 6 foot 9 and shouldnt being playing center lol, although he does seem taller
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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oh thought this was about james johnson lol from the title
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oh thought this was about james johnson lol from the title
haha I thought so too, I got mislead
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haha I thought so too, I got mislead
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Old 04-09-2011, 03:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Both Johnsons are thriving in Toronto. They are players you see on contenders. Hope both are here for a very long time.
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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.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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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!
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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
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no no you misunderstood. i dont think JJ is leaving, and i dont want him to lol
Ahh I read wrong
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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.
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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.
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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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