2012 NBA Draft: James Johnson's Develpment Alters Raptors' Strategy

Raju ByfieldAnalyst IIIApril 24, 2012

James Johnson's explosion may cause the Raptors to rethink their draft strategy.
James Johnson's explosion may cause the Raptors to rethink their draft strategy.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

James Johnson had his best game of the season Monday night, finishing with a team-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal.

The 13 rebounds were a career high and the 22 points were one off of his career high.

Yes, the Raptors still lost, but Johnson once again flashed his immense potential at a time when many Raptors fans' already are thinking about the 2012 NBA draft.

As it stands right now, most Raptors fans would agree that Harrison Barnes should be the team's draft choice. That's because as a small forward he would address the team's biggest need.

However, with Johnson once again reminding us why the Raptors liked him in 2009 and why the fantasy basketball community is so enamored with him, the Raptors may be wise to revisit their potential draft strategy and select the best player available regardless of position.

Although we have maddeningly managed to win as many games (22) in a 66-game season as we did last year in an 82-game season, we do not have a talented enough team or individual to rule out any player just because of the position he plays.

Hopefully this eruption from Johnson has proven that to the Bryan Colangelo and Ed Stefanski.


This article can also be found at Raptors Digest.