NBA Trades: James Johnson Is Ready To Break Loose with the Toronto Raptors

February 25th, 2011 by Andy Bailey Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls have traded James Johnson to the Toronto Raptors for a draft pick.

The pick will be at the end of this year's first round, since it comes from Miami by way of Toronto (it's the pick the Raptors got for Chris Bosh).

Considering this year's class, I find it hard to believe that the Bulls will be able to find someone at the end of the first round with as much talent as Johnson.

Chicago picked him up with the 16th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, but he's had a very hard time cracking the rotation of either of his coaches since he entered the league.

In 78 games with the Bulls, Johnson averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 rebounds a game. On the surface, those numbers may look very weak, but he was actually pretty productive in the time he was given.

He actually averaged over 12 points and six rebounds per 36 minutes of game time, while shooting 45 percent from the field.

The problem is, James committed fouls at an extremely high rate. When he managed to stay out of foul trouble, he was actually quite good on defense.

He was also a great teammate in Chicago, as evidenced by quotes from his t ...

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