Chicago Bulls: Looking Back at the James Johnson Trade

March 24th, 2012 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »
Over the past two games the Bulls have gotten a good look at one of their former players.

No, not Aaron Gray. I'm taking about James Johnson.

With that being said both Gray and Johnson were teammates during the 2009-2010 season in Chicago before being reunited this season in Toronto.

So you may remember the Bulls selected Johnson in the first round with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. They then traded him to Toronto last season for a first-round pick, which actually belonged to Miami. Funny enough the pick ended up going back to Miami, but we will get to that in a minute.

During his time in Chicago he had a hard time seeing the court. His rookie season he played in 65, starting 11, for coach Vinny Del Negro, but only averaged about 11 minutes a game.

However, he was outshined by fellow rookie Taj Gibson, who overtook Tyrus Thomas for the starting power forward spot. Gibson started 70 games that season, which led to Johnson looking like a disappointment.

Last season under new coach Tom Thibodeau it was even harder for Johnson to get on the court. He appeared in only 13 games befo ...

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