The Miami Heat reported that backup guard Tyler Johnson underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday afternoon and has no timetable for return. Johnson’s primary role is to backup either backcourt position, and he averages 24 minutes per game for the 39 contests he’s appeared.
The 6’4″ combo guard was showing consistent improvement during his sophomore season, averaging 8.7p/3r/2.2a for Miami. With him now going down, the Heat lose a second unit player with respectable, all-around scoring ability. Johnson can score on all three levels of the court: the lane, mid-range, and behind the arc.
Collectively, the Heat struggle from outside. They rank 28th in the league with a 32.7% clip. Johnson shoots it 39%, which is first on the team among players with 10+ attempts. Since he’s a solid shooter with a tight handle, Johnson can penetrate off the bounce as well. So far this season, Johnson converts about 61% of shots inside the restricted area.
Those same attributes allowed Spoelstra to experiment with various lineups because of Johnson’s versatility.
With him now out, look for Beno Udrih to continue to get extended minutes. Winslow and Green will also continue to get time, and will look to increase productivity on offense.
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