Guest Post by Shy @foxxyshyd
James Johnson, 26-year-old small forward for the Memphis Grizzlies is a welcome addition to the team. He has intensified the play of this team and has caused ecstatic rejoicefulness that has ignited GrizzNation. He is our Kid Dynomite…he is explosive! He has given us hope and something to cheer about. His play is downright contagious!
Since being drafted by Chicago in 2009, Johnson hasn’t had a good stretch in the NBA. He has been known to have an attitude problem that has rub coaches the wrong way. The Memphis Grizzlies are the perfect fit for him. We are a team built with mostly guys who were castaways on other teams; it seems players come to Memphis and rebrand themselves; ask our presiding King of Memphis, ZBo.
Johnson is athletic, blocks shots, nabs steals, and wreaks havoc on the floor. He does the little things that don’t show up in a box score. He has that Grit and Grind mentality. Johnson has been lauded by players and coaches for his athleticism and exuberant play. He is what fans want. He made an immediate impact on the game once his number was called. Over at ESPN.com with John Hollinger’s NBA Player’s Statistics, he is ranked #21 among all players after just 8 games played with a PER of 21.57 this season. That’s pretty impressive with a guy that was just playing in the NBA D-League.
In the December 30 game against the Chicago Bulls, the team that drafted him, Johnson wanted to prove himself. He didn’t start off very well. Coach Joerger was quoted as saying Johnson tried to do too much in the first half of the game. He took ill-advised shots and turned the ball over; but in the second half, he calmed down a bit and kept us in the game even though it was a losing effort. He ended up with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks before he eventually fouled out of the game.
There are questions for us to ponder about Johnson: 1) How will he fit in when Marc Gasol returns from injury? 2) Does he have what it takes to sustain his abilities on the floor consistently at a high level? If he manages to stay out of foul trouble, keeps giving his all on the defensive end, and keeps blocking shots especially those 3pt shooters — the sky is the limit.
Kid Dynomite is a player who is hungry. He has something to prove. He wants people to know he belongs in the NBA with the big boys. A hungry bear can be deadly. Stay hungry young fellow, stay hungry.