Five Things Joe Johnson Instantly Brings to the Miami Heat

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2. Added Depth


While Johnson was playing too many minutes in Brooklyn, one thing is for sure—he won’t be rusty playing in Miami.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who is actually a year younger than Johnson, took awhile to get himself in proper playing shape so he could play a role in the rotation for the Heat. Stoudemire is currently the team’s starting center, but it was not until mid-January that he saw consistent playing time on a game-to-game basis.

Stoudemire was coming off of the second half of the 2014-15 season playing just 16.5 minutes per game for the Dallas Mavericks. As mentioned before, Johnson is old, but he still played 34 minutes per game in 57 starts with the Nets this season. More importantly, he has no major injuries to speak of.

With Tyler Johnson and Beno Udrih out for the season, Johnson figures to play sizable minutes as a backup two-guard to Wade.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.