Atlanta Hawks Fill Out Roster By Signing B.J. Johnson to a 10-Day Contract
A little over a week after bringing Jaylen Adams and Jordan Sibert to Atlanta from their NBA Gatorade League affiliate the Erie Bayhawks, the Hawks have filled the final open spot on their roster by signing B.J. Johnson to a 10-day contract.
The signing will likely be official on March 1st, which coincides with when the 10-day deal that Sibert signed will come to an end, it is unknown at this time whether or not this move means Sibert will remain with the team or not going forward.
Much like Sibert, Johnson has made a name for himself in the G-League by being a knockdown perimeter shooter. Johnson hasn’t matched Sibert’s volume, attempting about half as many threes per game, but his 43 percent conversion rate is higher than what Sibert had been producing. At 6-foot-7, Johnson is also a taller player.
With it being an open-ended question as to whether or not Half-Man, Half-Century, Vince Carter or Kent Bazemore return next season it feels like Atlanta is taking fliers now on some potential wing/forward replacements at the end of this year in case they swing out in free agency this summer.
Johnson is a 23-year-old rookie from La Salle–transferred there after spending two seasons at Syracuse–who has spent the season playing with the Lakeland Magic G-League franchise. At La Salle, Johnson poured in 20.8 points per game (third in the Atlantic 10) as a senior. The highlight of his final year with the Explorers came against Rhode Island when they were ranked 16th in the nation when he had 29 points and 23 rebounds.
After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, Johnson latched on with the Charlotte Hornets summer league team and went to training camp with the Orlando Magic before eventually being waived and brought onto their G-League team in Lakeland. In 37 G-League games this season, he’s averaging 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 30 minutes.
Here are his PIPM numbers from the G-League:
|B.J. Johnson||Team: Lakeland Magic||Minutes:
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