2/11/13

The Numbers: Special "200th" Edition

For this weeks' numbers, commemorating our 200th story, we'll focus on DJ's big weekend.

DJ averaged 21 points (on 15/27 shooting),7.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and a block for the weekend, putting in back-to-back 20 point games for the weekend (and 4 overall in succession).

Johnson started the round strong against Perth, opening with a big block on Redhage and followed soon after by a nice dunk. Surprisingly, dunks and blocks aren't big parts of Johnson's game. It must be noted though that he is looking to score more inside of late and is dunking a fraction more. This is backed by the fact he only took three triples for the weekend (hitting none of them), passing up "half-chances" several times and being more content to do his work down low. Johnson's rebounding was poor against Perth but he responded well against the Tigers, pulling down 12 boards in total.

For me his highlight of the weekend was his finish to the second quarter,when he registered the following

00:12
21, Daniel.Johnson, shot 2pt made
48-37
00:35
21, Daniel.Johnson, freethrow missed
46-37
00:35
21, Daniel.Johnson, freethrow missed
46-37
00:35
46-37
43, Chris.Goulding, substitution in
00:35
46-37
9, Bennie.Lewis, substitution out
00:35
21, Daniel.Johnson, foulon
46-37
00:35
46-37
24, Lucas.Walker, foul unsportsmanlike
00:36
21, Daniel.Johnson, steal
46-37
00:38
46-37
1, Nate.Tomlinson, turnover ballhandling
00:49
21, Daniel.Johnson, shot 2pt dunk
46-37
00:51
21, Daniel.Johnson, steal
44-37



2 steals and 4 points (which could have been 6 if he hit his free throws) in 51 seconds is not bad. Johnson picked off 2 passes in the backcourt pressuring the ball, stunning the home crowd. With his agility and quickness, Johnson is built for the key big man role in a fullcourt press. If he can improve his fitness and tenacity he could be a nightmare for opponents in a well-constructed "trap". The right coach could turn DJ into a player who can make key contributions on both ends. It's inconceivable that he's averaging 0.5 blocks and 0.3 steals for a player with his abilities. In my mind he should be a "2 and 2" guy, or to steal a Bill Simmons term, to be a 4 "stocks" a game guy. His interior D also needs a fair bit of work, with a major focus on footwork, reactions and focus.

Johnson is one of the most talented scorers in the league with an all-around offensive game you don't see too often. To take his game to the next level, DJ needs to work on having an even spread of points in second and third terms. He starts game's well, often scoring at least half of his match tally in the first quarter and finishes well, where he looks to get to the line and unleash a few more threes. His averages would increase noticeably if he could finish the first half and start the second with a little more aggression.

DJ is in some of the better form of his career, it's just a shame it's not resulting in wins.

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