Moment of the Year: His back-to-back performances in January against the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, getting Celtic fans to start pretending that they knew who he was before the season started.
For me, the jury has been out on Chris Johnson all season long. He has shown periods where he can knock down open jumpers and three-pointers for the Celtics, and always gives a great effort on defense and the glass for a guard. However, on a night-to-night basis his weaknesses were exposed by prepared opponents.
Johnson isn’t good enough to be a backup point guard due to his lack of ball-handling and passing abilities. He isn’t a good enough shooter to be a two-guard and doesn’t have the size or speed to take defenders off the dribble to get to the rim. So where does that leave Chris Johnson, not just with Boston, but in the current NBA we watch every night?
He will most likely be back with the C’s next year just because his contract is too good not to have on the roster for a team that is in rebuilding mode. I don’t know if he will ever make an impact for a competitive team in the near future due to his limited skill-set. However, I do admire his hustle and the tenacity in which he plays. If he could turn himself into a lock-down defender, which isn’t out of the realm of possibility, than Johnson could keep an NBA roster spot for the next seven or eight years, but that is just something I don’t see happening.
As for last season, he was a great fit for a team that was lost and looking to lose games while also remaining relevant in those games.