Sacramento Kings Player Outlook 2012-2013: James Johnson
9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists seem pretty solid for back-up small forward James Johnson. Johnson not only is a solid offensive player, but he is also a defensive specialist. Coming over from the Toronto Raptors, Johnson will provide depth for the Sacramento Kings bench. Johnson will also look to help the Kings get back on track, slipping them right into the playoffs. The Kings did not have a good bench last season, but with the additions of Aaron Brooks and James Johnson, the King’s second-squad is ready to provide points and replace the starting lineup when needed.
Johnson brings many talents from Toronto. He is a premier defensive player; who will be able to stop players with ease. Last season, Johnson led his Toronto squad in steals and blocks, while only playing 25 minutes per game. He was usually put into the game to help slow down small forwards like Carmelo Anthony. The Kings got a much-needed defensive player that could end up gaining minutes over the course of the season. His height advantage over other small forwards makes him a very reliable defender.
Johnson played the best season of his NBA career last year, but he still isn’t good enough to take on the starting small forward role. Johnson brings flexibility to the small forward position, allowing Tyreke Evans to play more at the shooting guard position where he is more effective. This move was a very smart decision made by the Kings. Bringing in a defensive specialist like James Johnson will help limit their opponent’s scores. My expectations for Johnson are as follows: 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.
By: Charlie DiSturco