Do You Believe in Amir?

Jan 10, 2012


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I was going to title this article “Do You Believe in Amir-acles?” but decided the cheese factor would be just to high.
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What isn’t cheesy, though, is the way that Amir Johnson has been playing for the Toronto Raptors. With back-to-back double-doubles he won’t last long on the waiver wire. He’s currently owned in about sixty percent of fantasy leagues, so you better act fast.
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We’ve long heard about Amir’s potential, but he has struggled to deliver. Last year he topped the 25+ minutes per game threshold, but failed to consistently put up big numbers.
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He finished the year shooting 56.8 percent from the floor, which is a category he absolutely excels in (58.7 career mark). That was the only plus category he had.
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He shot well from the line (78.8 percent), but that didn’t move the needle much in the category. Neither did the 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, or 9.6 points per game. His block numbers (1.2 bpg) were solid, but he wasn’t confusing anybody for Mt. Mutumbo.
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Amir’s sudden hot streak doesn’t mean he’s going to be a double-double threat the rest of the year, but his three-game averages of 13.0 points andĀ 11.7 rebounds certainly turns heads. As is the five double-figure rebound games out of nine played.
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Amir is playing a season high 28.1 minutes, which certainly is a contributing factor to his success. He’s shooting 61.8 percent from the floor and 73.3 percent from the line. He’s averagingĀ career highs in rebounds (7.8), assists (1.3), and steals (0.9). He’s matching last year’s block numbers (1.2) and is scoring 8.8 ppg.
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