From TrueHoop’s Kevin Arnovitz: “James Johnson’s teammates spent a lot of time telling Chicago’s second-year forward where to set up offensively in the half court. When Johnson doesn’t have the ball in his hands, he floats purposelessly around the floor. Should he work off the ball to elude his man? Should he go to the ball? Often, Johnson has no idea. On the positive side, Johnson has some impressive ball skills. He has the handle and agility to find seams to the basket — and the strength to finish. Unfortunately, he doesn’t display the desire or wherewithal to make a play when he encounters heavy traffic.”
Hopefully, some of these problems can be solved by some competent coaching by Tom Thibodeau. That said, I always get a nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach about guys who aren’t active and aware when they don’t have their mitts on the ball.