2. Tyler Johnson
Like Ennis, Johnson was a member of the team’s preseason roster. However, unlike Ennis, Johnson didn’t make the cut—he was released before the start of the season.
The 6’3″ shooting guard played on the Heat’s D-League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce up until January, when he was signed to a 10-day contract by Miami. Eventually the 23-year-old rookie was signed to a full season contract.
Johnson possesses the ability to get hot and score. Though he made just 32 appearances and averaged just 5.9 points in 18.8 minutes per contest, the potential is clearly there. On March 2, the Fresno State product scored 26 points in a 115-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Five days later, he posted another 24 points in a win over the Sacramento Kings.
All things considered, Johnson will have every opportunity to be D-Wade’s primary backup next season. The Heat love their homegrown products and TJ fits that profile.
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