As first reported by Liberty Ballers alumnus Jake Fischer, the Sixers have reached an agreement to bring back veteran big man Amir Johnson. The deal is for 1 year, at a reported $2.39 million.
Johnson averaged totals of 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and .6 blocks in 15.8 minutes per contest last season, while shooting 53.8% from the field. Most notably, he brought a defensive edge and air of intensity to a young club in need of experience.
This time last offseason, Johnson found himself on the receiving end of a substantial $11 million one year deal to join a young and unproven Sixers squad. That team of course went on to win 52 games whilst carving out an identity as one of the most exciting teams in the Association.
While the majority of that excitement was predicated on the uptempo, passing frenzied offense orchestrated by Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, the club’s massive jump in wins was largely a result of their staunch defensive effort. The Sixers finished 3rd in defensive rating, and at a meager 41.6 points per game they allowed fewer points in the paint than any other team. While these high-marks were largely the result of elite production from Robert Covington and Joel Embiid, Amir was able to make a strong impression on that end of the floor as well. The Sixers had a defensive rating of 101.3 with Johnson on the floor, a mark which would rank as the best in the NBA in terms of team stats.
Amir recently found himself in the news as he became the second-ever recipient of the NBA’s Hustle Award. Also of note, Johnson has been described by this blogger, as having the slowest release ever recorded in the history of modern 3 point shooting.