Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson
28-Year-Old GuardG
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
After enjoying stability over the first four seasons of his career while in Miami, Johnson has worn a couple of other uniforms over the subsequent pair of campaigns. The team he was most recently with this past summer, the Nets, liked what they saw from the young veteran in the Orlando bubble and opted to re-sign him in late November. Johnson averaged 12.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists across 24.3 minutes over eight seeding games, but that level of opportunity came about due to both Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie being unavailable. With both players healthy and ready to start the season, Johnson slots into a No. 3 point guard role and could conceivably also see time at shooting guard on occasion. Nevertheless, he could be hard-pressed to match the 18.2 minutes per contest he averaged overall between the Suns and Brooklyn last season, which, when paired with his typical shooting inefficiency of the last few seasons, significantly hampers his draft stock in anything but the deepest of formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nets in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Johnson was born May 7, 1992 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is the son of Jennifer, who is in the United States Air Force, and Milton Johnson. He has four siblings -- Brandon, Lauren, Logan and Gabe. Johnson's favorite off-court hobby is cooking. In high school, he attended Saint Francis is Mountain View, California. He attended Fresno State for college. As a senior, he was named to the Mountain West All-Conference Second Team and the NABC All-District (17) Second Team.

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Johnson helped lead Fresno State to the 2014 CBI Tournament Final (losing to Siena). In the six CBI games, the Mountain View, California native averaged 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per game. In his senior year of 2013-14, Johnson was third in field goals (196), fifth in points (556), fifth in defensive rebounds (200), fifth in field goal percentage (.479) in the Mountain West Conference. He led Fresno State in his senior year in points (15.9), rebounds (7.3), offensive rebounds (1.6), defensive rebounds (5.7) and field goals made per game (5.6). Johnson was not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft but was signed by the Miami Heat before the 2014 NBA Summer League.

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February 28, 2021
Johnson (migraine) is probable for Monday's game at San Antonio, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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The 28-year-old was a late addition to the injury report for Saturday's loss to the Mavericks due to a migraine, and he didn't end up taking the court. Johnson is expected to limit the absence to one game and be back in action Monday.
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2019

Johnson began and spent the majority of the 2019-20 season with the Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-3 combo guard appeared in 31 games (three starts) for the Suns and averaged 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.6 minutes per game. Arguably his best performance as a Sun occurred Nov. 2 during a win at Memphis. In that contest, Johnson recorded nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt), five assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes. He was waived by the Suns on Feb. 10, but eventually picked up by the Nets on June 24, ahead of the NBA's restart in the Orlando bubble. Johnson saw a significant boost in playing time for the short-handed Nets. In Orlando, he averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds across 24.3 minutes per game while playing in all eight seeding contests, with four starts. His best performance in the bubble was during a nine-point win over the Clippers on Aug. 9, when Johnson recorded a season-high 21 points (6-11 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes. In the first round of the playoffs against the Raptors, Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.2 minutes and started two of Brooklyn's four games. The Fresno State product produced 38.9 percent shooting from behind the arc with Brooklyn, which would have been a career high had he achieved the feat across the entire season.

2018

Johnson split time between Miami and Phoenix in 2018-19, appearing in 44 contests with the Heat before being traded to the Suns on Feb. 6. Johnson then appeared in 13 contests with Phoenix before a knee injury ended his campaign prematurely. He didn't appear in any games after March 13. On the year, the 26-year-old averaged 10.9 points per game to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He scored in double figures 31 times, including a season-high 29-point performance on Feb. 23 (vs. Atlanta). Per 100 possessions, Johnson's 8.3 three-point attempts per game represented a career high and is indicative of his confidence and growth as a shooter. He finished the season shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc. His shooting stroke peaked in December, as Johnson converted on 50 percent of his threes taken over his 12 games that month. The trade to Phoenix had a positive effect on Johnson's playing time, as he averaged close to six more minutes per night with the Suns than he did as a member of the Heat. He saw 12 starts in those final 13 games with Phoenix, when he put up 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals across 31.5 minutes. The knee surgery that ended his year early was merely a clean-up procedure, and it shouldn't affect his outlook heading into his age-27 season.

2017

The Fresno State product once again proved to be an effective weapon for the Heat no matter his role. Johnson started 39 games during the 2017-18 season and came off the bench in 33 others, but he played well in both instances. Johnson played north of 24 minutes (28.5) for a third consecutive year, while averaging doubles figures in scoring (11.7) for a second straight season. Johnson's strongest stretch of the season was a 15-game run from late November to late December in which he averaged 15.7 points. His 31-point effort in a win over the Magic on December 30 was a season-high mark for him. Johnson is a solid three-point shooter and has gotten progressively better from deep in each of his four NBA seasons. His 1.7 threes per game in 2017-18 were a career best and, to make things even better, he shot 36.7 from downtown over the course of the season, making a career-high five three-pointers on two separate occasions. Johnson also scored in 82.2 percent of his free-throw attempts and that marked the third straight season in which Johnson drilled at least 75 percent of his free throws.

2016

Johnson received a qualifying offer from the Nets in the offseason, but it was matched by the Heat, setting the stage for a third year in Miami. He worked as a starter periodically in the preseason but ultimately came off the bench by the Oct. 26 season opener. Johnson scored 15 points in that contest, starting a streak of seven consecutive games in double figures, over which he averaged 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. It was a season of career bests for Johnson, who set a new mark with 27 points in a Dec. 7 matchup against Atlanta. Later in the month, he topped that mark against Orlando with 32 points while also chipping in five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Shoulder troubles resurfaced again in January and cost Johnson five games, but he was able to pick up right where he left off. Over the final 33 games of the regular season, Johnson put up 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 28.4 minutes. He surprisingly didn't start a single game in his third NBA season, but Johnson still finished with career highs in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (4.0 rpg) and games played (73). He was the fourth highest-scoring player on a 41-41 team that narrowly missed the postseason.

2015

Johnson suffered a broken jaw during the Summer League before his second NBA season, but he recovered on time to join the Heat in camp. He saw less than two minutes over the first two games of the regular season while recovering from a back/tailbone injury, but he then started to see his workload ramp up. Johnson averaged 10.1 points across 22.8 minutes over the next 18 games, establishing his role as a key reserve. That momentum halted just a bit when he suffered a shoulder sprain in practice and proceeded to miss eight of the next nine games. Johnson returned to action Dec. 28 and ended up drawing five starts in the next 16 games, averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds over that span. He even saw a season-high 39 minutes Jan. 17 against the Thunder. After that, his shoulder troubles resurfaced, and Johnson was forced to undergo a surgery that sidelined him for two months. He didn't see action again until the Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs opening round, tallying five points and two assists in six minutes. The Heat won that series and advanced to play Toronto in the semifinal round, ultimately losing in seven games. Johnson missed the first three games of that series, but he averaged 4.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds over the final four contests.

2014

Johnson was not selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, but played Summer League ball with Miami and signed with them Aug. 7. The Fresno State product ultimately didn't make the final roster, but was picked up by the Heat's D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Over 15 games there, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists over 34.5 minutes. He was given a 10-day contract in January and made his debut Jan. 14 against the Warriors, logging two points in two minutes. That was the only action he saw under that contract, but he was offered another 10-day deal a week later and started to factor in the rotation. There was even a seven-game stretch in February over which he averaged 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds over 19.6 minutes. He signed for the remainder of the season on Feb. 8, and less than a month later, scored a career-high 26 points in a March 3 victory over the Suns. Three games later, Johnson put up 24 points in a win over the Kings. He had his first career double-double over 48 minutes in the regular-season finale April 15, tallying 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals in a win over the Sixers. The Heat finished 37-45 and missed the postseason, but Johnson laid the foundation for a bigger role in years to come.

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Transaction History
  • August 7, 2014
    Signed a contract with the Miami Heat
  • October 25, 2014
    Waived by the Miami Heat.
  • January 12, 2015
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Miami Heat.
  • January 29, 2015
    Signed a second 10-day contract with the Miami Heat.
  • February 8, 2015
    Signed a two-year contract with the Miami Heat.
  • July 10, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Miami Heat as a restricted free agent.
  • February 6, 2019
    Traded by the Miami Heat with Wayne Ellington and cash to the Phoenix Suns for Ryan Anderson.
  • February 9, 2020
    Waived by the Suns.
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Johnson exercised his $19.3 million player option to remain with the Suns after coming over from the Heat last season. The guard averaged 10.9 points, 3.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds in limited action for both Phoenix and Miami and appeared in just 57 games while dealing with a knee injury. His production went up during his 13 games in a Suns uniform, averaging 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He logged 31.5 minutes per night in Phoenix, though he doesn't figure to see that much action in 2019-20 with the additions of veteran point guard Ricky Rubio and rookie point guard Ty Jerome to the backcourt. Johnson could still see minutes in the mid-20s, and if fully healthy and back to pre-injury form, he could provide some value in points, rebounds and assists. But overall, he's a risky fantasy pick.
As a result of Dion Waiters being limited to 30 games last season prior to undergoing ankle surgery, Johnson started 39 of his 72 appearances and saw 28.5 minutes per contest. Though he made an improvement of 1.4 percent to his true shooting, Johnson averaged 2.0 fewer points per game last season compared to 2016-17 as a result of fewer field-goal and free-throw attempts. The fifth-year guard out of Fresno State also saw his rebounds (3.4), assists (2.3) and steals (0.8) per game fall, despite averaging only 1.3 fewer minutes than in 2016-17. Things don't seem likely to improve, either, as Josh Richardson emerged as a legitimate starter for the Heat last season and Waiters will be returning from his injury. With uncertainty surrounding his role, Johnson can probably be avoided until the latest rounds of most Fantasy drafts.
Johnson -- in his third season -- was given increased responsibility within the Heat’s offense during the 2016-17 campaign, seeing his usage rate rise from 16.8 to 20.9 percent. He’s essentially the definition of a combo guard, spending 53 percent of his time at point guard and 47 percent of his time at shooting guard last year. He continued to shoot the rock well from beyond the arc at 37.2 percent, though saw his overall field-goal percentage dip from 48.6 percent to 43.3 percent, largely due to his increased responsibility as a scorer. While Johnson didn’t make a huge leap in any of his counting stats, he impressively reduced his turnovers per 100 possessions from 2.8 to 2.1 despite his increased touches. The Heat have made no changes to their backcourt heading into the 2017-18 season, making it likely that Johnson will see a similar workload as he did last year. Though he probably won’t make huge statistical jumps, if Johnson is able to distribute at a slightly higher clip and increase his overall shooting efficiency, he’ll be a solid player to target in a variety of Fantasy formats because of his workload and ability to play both guard slots.
Johnson appeared in just 32 games for the Heat last season, but was able to show flashes of being an effective member of the team's backcourt rotation in his limited role, finishing with averages of 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steal in nearly 19 minutes per game. Now, at 23 years old and entering just his second year in the league, Johnson has plenty of room to grow but currently remains buried on the team's depth chart. At the shooting guard position, he is likely already behind both Dwyane Wade and Gerald Green in the rotation, so he will have to beat out rookie guard Josh Richardson for that third spot. However, given how thin the team currently is at point guard, it is possible Johnson could see some run at that position. Regardless, Johnson is in the final year of his contract with Miami, so he will be looking to make the best of any time he gets on the floor. And when he is at his best, Johnson is a capable shooter and solid rebounder for someone his size, but his production relies entirely on his playing time.
Johnson earned a spot on the Heat after an impressive stretch of games playing in both the Orlando Pro Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League for the Heat. In 11 games, he averaged 12.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on 22 minutes per game. The rookie did enough to impress head coach Erik Spoelstra this summer, but the graduate of Fresno State may ultimately be the last guy on the bench this season for the Heat. Entering the season with an unguaranteed contract will likely pose problems for the 22-year-old's long-term status with Miami. It's not impossible to imagine him in a Heat uniform all season, although it seems like a foregone conclusion that he'll struggle to see much NBA action in 2014-15.
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Sits out Saturday's loss
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February 28, 2021
Johnson (head) went unused off the bench Saturday in the Nets' 115-98 loss to the Mavericks.
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Questionable with migraine
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February 27, 2021
Johnson is questionable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks due to a migraine, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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Available Tuesday
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February 23, 2021
Johnson (thigh) will play in Tuesday's game against the Kings.
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Listed as probable for Tuesday
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February 22, 2021
Johnson (thigh) is considered probable for Tuesday's game against the Kings, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out Sunday
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February 21, 2021
Johnson (thigh) won't play Sunday against the Clippers.
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