Tyler Johnson had quite a unique path to the NBA, but all his hard work paid off in the end. Johnson went undrafted out of Fresno State, played with the HEAT’s summer league team and joined the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League before signing with the HEAT for the remainder of the season in February after a pair of 10-day contracts. From his time in summer league, you could tell that Johnson was a gifted athlete. He continued to improve and carried that over into his time with the HEAT, as he was able to push tempo often. Johnson also fought hard for rebounds despite being a guard and shot the ball pretty well from downtown (37.5 percent). His best stretch of the season came in early March as Miami started to string some victories together. Johnson tallied a career-high 26 points against the Phoenix Suns on March 2 and a career-high six assists against the Sacramento Kings on March 7.
They Said It (Quote):
“I think I’ve had moments where I’ve shown that I can be a real player in this league. Obviously as a rookie, I went through a lot of highs and lows, so I just got to learn from those lows and make sure that we can minimize them for this next upcoming year.” – Johnson on his rookie season