Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 1 Day
Amir Johnson scored a season-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds and three blocks in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.
Tyler Hansbrough will be seen on Saturday for his shoulder issue and that alone makes Johnson a must-own player, but it's worth noting that Johnson actually told Dwane Casey that he was down to come off the bench when the decision was ultimately made. He's been great in that role lately and especially with Hansbrough's immediate future in question he should be in all lineups.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 4 Days
Amir Johnson came off the bench to hit 7-of-10 shots for 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a steal and a block in 33 minutes on Tuesday.
Dwane Casey benched him in order to motivate him and it apparently worked, at least for tonight. This was just his third double-double of the season, which is disappointing for someone we had faith in at the start of the season. Maybe Casey's Jedi mind tricks worked on Johnson, but we'd like to see him do it a couple more times before declaring him a must-own player.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 6 Days
Dwane Casey said that he benched Amir Johnson on Sunday to motivate him, and because "[Tyler Hansbrough's] toughness and his grit in the paint is what we need from [the PF] position."
"That's why we made the change in the lineup," Casey said. "Just to give us some energy, give [Amir] a chance to recharge a little bit, refocus a little bit." The move didn't pay off immediately, though, as Johnson sulked his way to zero points, three rebounds and three personal fouls in 14 bench minutes. Hansbrough logged 34 minutes but only had seven points and five rebounds, and it remains to be seen whether Casey will stick with his new-look starting unit.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 7 Days
Amir Johnson failed to score in his first game off the bench on Sunday, adding three rebounds and one turnover in just 14 minutes against the Nuggets.
Ouch. He is on a precipitous slide right now and coach Dwane Casey opted to go with a new lineup. Johnson has been a no-show in the stat sheet over his last five, averaging 5.8 points, 3.6 boards and 0.8 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game. He had some solid averages off the bench last season with 8.3 points, 6.0 boards, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks, so his value isn't totally dead. That said, there's a good chance there's a more promising player on your waiver wire.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 8 Days
Amir Johnson played just 16 minutes in Friday's loss to the Heat, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting with one rebound and one block.
Ouch. Dwane Casey decided to play down to Miami's size rather than punish the Heat where they're weak, and when Tyler Hansbrough got it going a little bit he decided to go away from Johnson. We wouldn't pitch Johnson to the wire based on this outing, but he profiles more like a late-round value than a mid-round value until Casey decides his big men are worth using.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 11 Days
Amir Johnson missed a 3-point attempt in the corner on the last shot of the game during a 102-100 loss to the Nets, finishing with six points, five boards, one assist and one turnover on 2-of-7 shooting.
He had five fouls and that bugaboo is rearing its ugly head again. Johnson has five or more fouls in three of his last four games and he only trails DeMarcus Cousins for the lead in fouls per game after this outing. He was starting to get it going before this dud, so his owner should cut him a little slack here.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 13 Days
Amir Johnson (illness) is not feeling well, according to teammate Rudy Gay.
The Raptors play at home on Tuesday and Johnson should be considered questionable for that game against the struggling Nets. Johnson is fouling a little more these days with 4.4 fouls per game in his last five, but he's averaged 1.4 blocks in that span. He's starting to pay dividends for his patient owners.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 15 Days
Amir Johnson had arguably his best game of the season on Friday against the Wizards, shooting 7-of-8 from the field for 14 points with four boards, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.
He did have five fouls and he's committed 4.4 fouls per game in just 27.2 minutes over his last five. Johnson's fouls have been a major issue for him in the past, but he's actually avoided foul trouble for the most part and is playing a career-high 29.7 minutes per game. He's worth a look if he was let loose in a standard league.
Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 21 Days
Amir Johnson fouled out in 35 minutes against the Blazers on Sunday, scoring eight points with seven boards, four assists and one steal.
He usually among the league leaders in fouls per game, but this was his first time fouling out all season. Additionally, his defense hasn't been great, allowing his man to shoot 52.2 percent in post-ups on 4.3 shots per game at the rim. What's more, his 0.8 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game is down from the 1.4 blocks in 28.7 from last year. He is still worth owning in standard leagues.