"Let’s see – Chris Bosh is gone, which means the Raptors are losing a ton of rebounds per game. Playing center is Andrea Bargnani, who despite a nice shooting touch is one of the worst rebounders in the game. Logic tells us that somebody has to clean up the glass, and says that man should be the up-and-coming Johnson, presuming he can stay on the floor.
When it comes to basketball metrics, the former second-round pick owns most of them. Take PER for example (not perfect, but helpful), and you find Johnson in the company of Chris Kaman, Kevin Martin, Jason Terry, Vince Carter and other established NBA players. His rebound rate is among the best in the league and there is no doubt that he can produce in limited minutes, pulling down almost five boards in under 18 minutes per game. Johnson even averaged 13.4 points on over 70% shooting in eight April games, further demonstrating his potential to be a high-efficiency player in the NBA.
The question marks here are Amir’s propensity to foul himself out of games and his all-around offensive skill. Scoring on put-backs and dunks is nice, but it remains to be seen whether Johnson can create for himself against opposing starters, especially without Bosh drawing double-teams. Finally, rookie Ed Davis could have something to say about all this, but with a shiny new contract, Johnson can expect as many minutes as he can handle from the Raptors."