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Chicago Bulls Player Breakdown: Alize Johnson

What will Alize Johnson bring to the Bulls this season?
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Photo: BrooklynNets/Twitter

Photo: BrooklynNets/Twitter

In this article series, the Bulls On Tap coverage team will be taking a look at newly acquired Chicago Bulls’ talent. In the third installment, I will be breaking down Alize Johnson.

Johnson was the 50th pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft. After being drafted by the Indiana Pacers, Johnson has spent most of his professional career playing in the NBA G League. In 65 career games in the G League, Johnson has averaged 18.8 PPG, 13.4 RPG, and 3.9 APG. He's done this while shooting 52% from the field and 35% from three on 2.8 attempts per game.

It's obvious that the 6-foot-7 power forward has some skill. Though undersized and not billed as a "super athlete", he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time on the court. In the NBA, Johnson has suited up for two teams. He spent two seasons with the Pacers and one season with the Brooklyn Nets. In a total of only 49 career NBA games, Johnson averages 2.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 10.5 MPG.

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Obviously, his NBA averages don't jump off the page. Luckily for the Bulls, Johnson is here to play a role. His main job is to enter the game, haul in rebounds, and defend. Per 36 minutes, Johnson averages a staggering 15.2 RPG. He fights in the paint to grab boards and plays well in the open floor.

In the video above, it's evident Johnson possesses a high basketball IQ. An above-average rebounder, Johnson has the ability to pull down a defensive rebound and start the offense in transition. His awareness and finishing ability at the rim comprises where most of his offense comes from. In 75 shots attempted in 2020-21, 32 of them came at the rim. Johnson shot 78% in those 32 attempts.

With Alize Johnson being a high-motor player, no matter the minutes he receives, he will make the most of them.