Meh, I'm not expecting that much out of JJ. He hasn't played himself consistently into regular minutes as a positive contributor for a full season - ever. He has everything to prove before he starts comparing himself to the two best players on the team, on any level.
You can make excuses for why he hasn't found success yet, but so far his career is playing out pretty typically for a borderline NBA role player. Maybe he'll put it together, find the perfect situation, and turn it all into becoming a regular rotation player. Or maybe his next contract will be in Europe.
Fans are still scarred by the Joe Johnson experience. James Johnson will probably get spot minutes against big scoring 3's, and not much more.
I have a feeling that the great majority of NBA'ers will never downplay their abilities (they wont put down others either). It's in their dna thru the years...the "I'm as good or better than the other guy" kind of feeling. It's an in-built confidence or they wouldnt be there. JJ actually said it while most others would take a pass and deflect. Personally, I like that...it's an attitude that doesnt allow him to back down from stars like a Johnson, Durant, Kobe etc. He just has to channel it correctly. I would add that he took this opportunity because he feels it's the best team to use to market his talents for the next contract....so I wouldnt worry about his play...unless of course Casey doesnt play him.
James Johnson per 36...if he plays himself into a starter (Kyle Lowry route)
roughly 14pts 6.5rebounds 4assists 2 steals and 2 blocks a game with great defense.
I would pay not crazy James Johnson 10m a year if he would accept his role.
EDIT: Just imagined the ball zipping around with Patterson in the starting lineup. 14pts 8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals per 36
Last edited by thead; Tue Oct 21st, 2014 at 04:12 PM.
People I Will Shame When The Cavs Finish 8th
1.) Day One - 2) JordanMariam14 - 3) Stooley - 4) Ceez - 5) Sam17
6) mcHAPPY 7) ImanShumpert 8) Scraptor 9) Demographic Shift
All the Casey bashing is effing hilarious. Such fools.
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