Like I said, he is a solid 2 way forward.
Like I said, he is a solid 2 way forward.
Something that doesn't get factored into any discussion of a player shooting % is when and where he takes his shots. If the player shoots when there are team mates in a position to rebound, then periodically those team mates are going to grab one and put it in. +2 for the good guys. If the aforementioned player shoots when there are no team mates around, and in fact his team mates are still moving to the basket, then the opposing team gets the rebound and can make a quick outlet pass (no defensive pressure) for an easy fast break basket. +2 for the bad guys. So the shooters shooting % stays the same, but you are looking at a potential 4 point swing in the score. Intelligence in shot selection makes a difference that doesn't show in the stats.
As much as I love JJ's play at times, he goes through bouts of incredibly bone-headed shooting/play that hurt the team. I have great hopes, because that is a mental thing...it's not about raw talent or even learned skills. James needs to have an internal revelation about the value of each possession.
Bayless makes the same kind of decisions at times. That's what drives me nuts about him as well. Jose almost never does this. Amir almost never does this. Magloir never does this. And Demar rarely does this. The other players on the team fall into the bell curve.
Like I said, his offense is nothing short of horrendous.
From Stephen Brotherston's chat at HoopsWorld.com:
Any idea what did James Johnson do to get benched?
Neither Casey nor JJ will answer this question directly but the media table gossip says JJ challenged Casey during practice on something like playing time or role a little too hard and Casey sat his butt down to remind him who’s in charge.
My inner Matt Devlin is calling this bang on..... and if true, I think it is time for James Johnson to move on. It is a real shame. I love his background and his contributions off the bench moving forward. Seems like JJ has an inflated sense of self worth. Young and emerging teams don't need that sh!t.
Let`s give him a chance to get back into line. The fact that he hasn`t INSTANTLY fixed things isn`t that big a deal. I think Johnson has potential to be a very solid starter in the league and has improved a tonne from the beginning of this season. He brings alot of intangibles, and his greatest weakness, his shot, is unfortunately magnified by the fact that he plays next to a shooting guard who can`t shoot very well.
idk james johnson doesn't look like that kind of guy. He isn't a head case, i say we keep him. If things get worse we trade him
i agree with both. casey is the man and can't let a questioning of his coaching come into play or show the other players that whining instead of work get you minutes. from all accounts jj has worked hard and been rewarded already with the most minutes he has ever played, to reach for more is a bit greedy however he and casey both have handled with class and just went about the work.
i don't think this will cause problems but it can open the door later for jj to get the minutes he wants if he puts in the work. casey seems to me to be the kind of man that after smacking jj into place would have had a private meeting with video on everything jj does well and poorly and explained in no uncertain terms exactly what jj needs to do to earn those minutes he wants.
much like bargs big time shout out to coach casey i think that a lot of these players enjoy playing for him. my one critic, not qualified to but do, is sometimes when bargs is not rebounding so well he isn't benched. i would rather he be benched and told not to shoot until he has a couple more boards then to just look past it.
Nice bounce back from our man. About a month ago a lot of us were questioning if he was a piece to move forward with but I think he's shown he certainly is. Casey made his point, JJ swallowed it and he's been arguably our best player since.
He's played excellent coming off the bench, playing the 4 and could even start if the team doesn't address the 3 positionin the draft/free agency. I'm one of the few that has no problem seeing Kleiza go and it's because of what JJ brings to the table, which is vastly superior and with all the bigs we'll have next year, makes him redundant.
I don't agree with many that he's a "lockdown defender" or "defensive cornerstone" as Chisholm said, but he's certainly relentless and can cause havoc on any given night, which is good enough for me.
I hope he's a raptor for years to come.
Very high on JJ. An improving wing tandem of Derozan and Johnson in the future is something that is very intriguing. Or if we draft a small forward, play JJ at the four, and create some type of versatility, it would be fun to watch. And wouldn't take anything away defensively.
At the very least an improving JJ with the numbers he can put up could fool a GM into acquiring him for above his value...
If JJ accepts his role off the bench and plays balls out doing it, then keep him around.
I fear when he gets paid after his rookie deal, he stops giving a sh!t. I don't know why, I just get that vibe off him.
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