The Brooklyn Nets made their first move prior to going down to Orlando, and that is bringing in guard Tyler Johnson for the rest of the season.
Four years after the Brooklyn Nets sent a four-year, $50 million dollar offer sheet his way, Tyler Johnson is finally going to put on the black-and-white uniform. With Kyrie Irving missing the rest of this season, this is a move that makes sense, as the Nets need to find some more scoring and fill in more minutes at the guard position.
Johnson not only brings some great athleticism, but he brings career averages of 10.5 points per game and 35.8 percent shooting from three-point range in 301 games.
However, Johnson struggled mightily this season to get anything going with the Phoenix Suns, as he only averaged 5.7 points and 28.9 percent from three in 16.7 minutes per game. That situation very well could’ve been a case of it not being the right fit, so it might not be fair to completely write him off yet.
What Johnson should bring to the table in Brooklyn is a decent option off the ball on offense, as he gets his looks from behind-the-arc 91.7 percent of the time on an assist.
Although he shot a pretty mediocre 30.1 percent on the catch-and-shoot from three this season, Johnson did shoot 34.7 percent on those same looks just last season, so here’s to hoping he can regain confidence on that jumper.
It will be important for him to capitalize on those looks if he wants to be on a team with Irving and Kevin Durant as well, as both of them are obviously going to command the attention of multiple defenders which will create open looks for guys like Johnson.
Even down in Orlando, it will be important for him to capitalize on those looks, as Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie have proven to get a lot of their offense in the mid-range, and if they attract two or three defenders inside, it will leave Johnson outside the arc with an open shot.
Johnson is also very capable of creating his own offense by attacking the rim, as he has thrown down some powerful dunks in his career, but his shooting will be far more important to this team than anything else.
The time is now to see if the Nets’ long pursuit of Johnson will pay off. One thing that is for sure is that he should get plenty of run down in Orlando since teams will likely take a cautious approach with their roster given all of the circumstances.