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ESPN is in the midst of their third-annual #NBARank and for the next few weeks while they unveil all 500 players ranked, we'll be taking a look at where our Minnesota Timberwolves players land.
Also showing up 401-500 was Minnesota's backup center Chris Johnson.
Johnson played with the Timberwolves during the 2012 Preseason, but didn't make the team. He spent the next few months in the D-League (Golden State's affiliate), before the Wolves picked up the phone in January and made him an offer. He was brought to the team along with French swingman Mickaël Gelabale. Both players were signed to two 10-day contracts, before they were both signed for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
We found out this summer that Johnson was also given a second, fully-guaranteed year to his contract, which makes his full-salary guaranteed for 2013-14.
Johnson is currently pegged to be a fourth-string center, behind starter Nikola Peković and fellow reserves Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng.
Johnson is certainly a high energy player and I was pleading that Adelman would stop playing Stiemsma so much (or at all) last season and give CJ more time. An incredibly athletic big man who threw down more than his fair share of slams a year ago, I hope he finds a way to carve out a role on this squad.
It's hard to judge whether 425 with an average of 2.34 is too low for Johnson. The easiest thing to do is compare some other big men that have already been ranked ahead of him. For instance: Hamed Haddadi came in at #424 with an average score of 2.36, rookie Rudy Gobert was #423 with a 2.38 and even further up, NBA journeyman Earl Barron came in at 404 with a 2.47. I would take CJ over all of those big guys (except maybe Gobert, just because his wingspan, athleticism and height are very intriguing).
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