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Will the Heat Break Up the Brothers Johnson?

May 17, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Tyler Johnson made a great team with James Johnson.
Will Tyler Johnson be the last Johnson left standing in Miami? (Heat Nation)

It was a disappointing season in Miami as the Heat slipped from being the No. 3 seed in 2015-16 to failing to qualify for the playoffs in 2016-17. But make no mistake — it sure wasn’t the fault of “The Brothers Johnson” — guard Tyler Johnson and (his not brother) forward James Johnson. And if you bet on that happening, our guess is you’ll fare quite well when you play here.

Tyler, a third-year two-guard whose path to the NBA inspired a special (see video below), played exclusively off the bench this season for the first time, but became a real focal point of the second unit, getting to the line nearly twice as often as ever before and developing into a decent rebounder for a backcourt player.

He missed a bit of time with a shoulder injury, and while you’d like to see more in the way of assists from him, Johnson proved a fine Fantasy asset capable of contributing in virtually every other category (although after averaging nearly a block in January, he normalized after the All-Star break, going down to 0.4 per game).

Tyler says he formed an “instant connection” with James, but that connection could soon be frayed as James is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Tyler hasn’t been shy about his desire to have James return: “we all want him back.”

The pair developed major chemistry off and on the court, and together really anchored Miami’s bench. James’ performance made him one of the top waiver wire additions among forwards this season (watch for more about that soon when we release our 2016-17 NBA Wire Troll All-Stars).

While he spent most of his time as a starter in Toronto last season, this season just five of his 76 appearances came in the starting lineup, but that didn’t stop James from putting together a career season. His outside shooting touch was never better, and he got more points from the line by being aggressive and taking it into the paint strong.

James even doubled his steal numbers from the previous season, so the improvements were not merely on the offensive end.

If this pair is split up, it will definitely have an impact on Miami’s depth — the Brothers Johnson (not to be confused with the mid-’70s funk band) combined for 26.5 points, 8.9 boards and 6.8 assists. That’s a lot of bench productivity. In fact, both players recorded career bests in the three major categories.

Tyler played well enough at times last year to offer promise that he can develop into a bigger force — good news for Miami considering he’s under contract for the next three years.

While James isn’t exactly a star, he’s due for a very healthy raise, so the question is: does the retooling Heat want to dole out that kind of for a 30-year-old coming off a career season, or would they rather let Justice Winslow develop into a potential star? Still, James wants to return, and it’s conceivable he might even take less coin to re-sign with the Heat.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below where you think James Johnson will wind up.

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NFL Offseason Report: Quarterbacks

April 26, 2017 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
Griffin has now made 12 starts in the last three years combined, and it’s telling in a league starving for good quarterback play that nobody has seen fit to roll the dice on RG3. That’ll change, of course, and he’ll probably end up in some 1A/1B situation with another fringe option… kinda like last year. Steer clear.
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MLB Free Agent Watch: Chase Utley

December 4, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
While with the Phils, Utley’s power continued to wane and he was mostly unproductive even though he marginally improved his contact rates. He didn’t attempt steals very often, but when he did, he was successful.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Forwards, Part Three

November 7, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
On an Oilers team that now has plenty of centre depth, Letestu will definitely be limited to a bottom six role. However, despite the fact that Leon Draisaitl started the season with the Oilers, Letestu is currently acting as the third line centre (because of Conor McDavid’s injury). In this role, we can see Letestu getting some decent production, not dissimilar to what Derek Roy did last season.
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Anders Lindback 2015-16 Outlook

November 1, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
However, his save percentage plummeted when he went to Tampa. In Lindback’s first season, he had a .902 save percentage with a 2.90 GAA, and in his second season, he had a .891 save percentage with a 2.90 GAA. Last season he topped .905 save percentage for the first time since he was on the Predators. However, at the start of last season when Lindback was on the Stars, he had a .875 save percentage with a 3.71 GAA. It wasn’t until he was traded to Buffalo when he started to post good numbers.
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