Mar 28, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42) fouls Indiana Pacers shooting guard Orlando Johnson (11) during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Off Season: Orlando Johnson’s Impact


Rantsports.com has a good player profile on Orlando Johnson, and I got to thinking what kind of impact will he have on this coming season, if any.    The “if any” part was added because I do think this season might not be the season Johnson wanted to have as he should see less minutes than last year with so many more options on the bench. Now, you could see him inserted into that shooting guard position if Lance Stephenson struggles at some point or if you just need him to take a breather. But overall, Johnson might not see many minutes this coming season.  The good news is that he will be around a great team, and should be able to improve his game enough to get a shot with another team if he’s not around with the Pacers that long.

His game does seem to translate well to the NBA as he’s a catch and shoot guy.  He looked strong in those small instances of last season, and I can still recall a moment where he took a move off of Dwayne Wade, and was able to get a good shot off.  It’s that type of thing that could see Johnson have some role with the team even if it’s limited doses.

I would love to see Johnson get the call more as I think he can add something, but with guys like Chris Copeland and Lance Stephenson vying for those bench minutes. Even Danny Granger might be more suited for a bench role, Johnson might not see the floor at all in many games. I hope that doesn’t deter his game at all, and he’s able to work hard during practices to get better.  What kind of role do  you see for Orlando Johnson this coming season?

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  • Kuro1

    This time last year, no one would have likely given OJ much of a chance of playing much, if at all. It appeared that he was destined to be another forgotten second round pick… But he wound up with 4.0 points per game on 40 percent field goal and 38 percent 3-point shooting. So don’t count him out, he was ready when he got a chance. Rather than let him sit on the end of the bench, it would probably be best for all if he played in the D League, especially in the first half of the season. There will be plenty of end of the bench guys that will shake loose in the next couple of months to polish the pine for the league minimum. Getting playing time in the D League would keep him in shape and his game sharp. The NBA season is long and there will be some injuries as always. I really like OJ’s game and story.

    • Stephen Ajamie

      I could see him getting plenty of time to play in the D-League as well just to improve his game all around. But what counts the most is that time out on the playing court, and I do hope that OJ can find some time out there.