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James Johnson Isn’t Thrilled With His Role in Toronto

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Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson has only played 12 minutes combined in the last two games and 13.5 minutes per game on the season, and the 28-year-old recently took to Twitter to express his displeasure with his role:

He soon apologized for the tweet:

Even with this apology, it’s pretty clear that Johnson isn’t happy with how he’s being used. The swingman didn’t talk to the media on Friday, and Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said the situation is being handled internally, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

Now, Johnson can complain all he wants about playing time (although he should probably keep this stuff to himself), but does he actually deserve more minutes?

It’s an interesting conversation. Johnson carved out a niche last season and was effective in nearly 20 minutes per game. He’s averaging just 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds this year, but the Raptors are outscoring opponents by 13.7 points per 100 possessions with him on the court, per NBA.com. That’s the best net rating on the team.

The thing is, how does Johnson get more playing time? DeMarre Carroll is getting big minutes on the wing. Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson are getting the majority of the minutes at power forward. Maybe Terrence Ross should play less, but he has potential and just got an extension. Johnson just needs to produce in the time he’s getting, and perhaps that’ll lead to a larger role.

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