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James Johnson

James Johnson

James Johnson is a professional basketball player. James Johnson had advanced significantly in his MMA career before joining the NBA. He currently represents the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets (NBA).

He started as a power forward for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons from 2007 to 2009.

He was chosen by the Chicago Bulls with pick No. 16 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.


James Johnson was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on February 20, 1987.

His father’s name is Willie Johson and his mother’s name is Vi Johnson

Net Worth & Earnings

James Johnson’s net worth ranges from $1 to $5 million.

James signed a one-year, $2,641,691 contract with the Brooklyn Nets, with $2,641,691 guaranteed and a $2,641,691 average annual salary.

Johnson’s base pay for 2021–2022 will be $2,641,691, with a $1,669,178 cap hit and $1,669,178 in dead cap value.

As part of a three-year, $43,295,100 deal with the Miami Heat, Johnson received a base salary of $14,431,700 and a $220,000 incentive bonus in 2018–19.

He also had a $14,651,700 cap hit and a $29,561,100 dead cap value.

Along with his financial success, he also owns a lavish house and a car. James also receives compensation from a number of sponsorships.

Facts of James Johnson

Full Name James Patrick Johnson
Known as James Johnson
Nickname Bloodsport
Birth Date February 20, 1987
Birth Place Cheyenne, Wyoming
Residence Not Available
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity African American
Education Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, Wyoming) and Wake Forest (2007–2009)
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Father’s Name Willie Johson
Mother’s Name Vi Johnson
Siblings 8
Age 35 years old
Height 6 feet 7 inches
Weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Body type Athletic
Profession Basketball Player
Marital Status Married
Wife  Diana Issa
Children Naymin and Harlem
Active since 2009– present
Current Team  Brooklyn Nets
  • 2× Third-team All-ACC (2008, 2009)
  • ACC All-Freshman team (2008)
Endorsements  Not Available
Net Worth $1- $5 million
NBA Draft Pick 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16th overall
Position Small Forward & Power Forward
League NBA
Merch NBA Basketball Trading Card
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter
Last Update June 2022

High School & College Career

Johnson attended Cheyenne East High School, which is in the Wyoming city of Cheyenne. During his final year, the athlete averaged 28 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Rivals.com listed Johnson, a four-star prospect, as the No. 16 small forward and No. 62 player in the country in 2007.

James made a big impression during his first season at Wake Forest in 2007–08, leading the Demon Deacons in scoring and rebounds while earning third-team All–ACC honors and placing second in the 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year voting.

Johnson, who was the team’s leader in offensive rebounds as a sophomore, helped the team to a 24-5 record and the No. 1 ranking in the 2008–09 season.

He was once more selected for the All-ACC third team. Johnson declared his 2009 NBA draft eligibility after the season.

Professional Career

Johnson joined the Chicago Bulls on July 8, 2009, after being selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Prior to being recalled by the Bulls, Johnson was assigned to the NBA D-Iowa League team, the Energy.

Johnson played for the Sacramento Kings beginning on July 16, 2012, after being traded to the Toronto Raptors on February 22, 2011.

Before being traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he averaged 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.9 steals, and 3.4 blocks per game, James was signed by the Atlanta Hawks on September 30, 2013, for a brief period of time.

He signed on with the Memphis Grizzlies on December 16, the same year.

On July 17, 2014, Johnson was re-signed by the Toronto Raptors. Nevertheless, he was fired after the 2015–2016 campaign.

James Johnson
James Johnson in a basketball match. Source: raptorsrepublic

James signed a $4 million, one-year contract with the Miami Heat. He scored a season-high 26 points for Miami in a 108-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

On April 5, 2017, the Charlotte Hornets have defeated 112-99 thanks to his 26 points and 6-of-7 three-point shooting.

On July 7, 2017, Johnson re-signed with the Heat. On March 19, 2018, the athlete outscored the Denver Nuggets 149-141 in double overtime, setting a new career-best with 31 points.

On August 6, 2021, Johnson inked a contract with the Brooklyn Nets.

Brooklyn Nets Relying On James

Despite having a rather limited offensive repertoire, Johnson can easily hit floaters and jump hooks in the paint.

Brooklyn has developed into one of the best mid-range teams in the league as a result of the interior pairing of Johnson and LaMarcus Aldridge. Blake Griffin might be the biggest barrier to receiving regular playing time.

Griffin has a far higher offensive upside than Johnson, but this season he hasn’t performed up to par.

Johnson should play in the opening minutes of the game until Griffin awakens from whatever coma he may be in. He can score frequently even if he doesn’t average a double-double.

Johnson’s defense isn’t terrific, but when needed, he can protect the rim and defend the ball well.

Johnson should be able to fit in with the Brooklyn team, which spent the entire summer bringing in players with defensive emphasis to support its three top players.

MMA before joining the NBA

James was an unbeaten MMA fighter before joining the NBA. James has played in the NBA for the past 13 years as a power forward for the Brooklyn Nets.

He had seven MMA fights under his belt, though, and had previously had a 20-0 kickboxing record, making him a tough MMA fighter.

Johnson is a second-degree black belt in martial arts. When he was 18 years old, he engaged in his first MMA match, destroying and quickly dispatching his opponent.

He was dubbed “Little Ali” because of his strikingly flashy fighting style, which mirrored the late Muhammad Ali’s.

Fighting Madness Is In The Family

The mixed martial arts have a long tradition in Johnson’s family. In reality, all of his parents and siblings have black belts in mixed martial arts.

The basketball player is the fifth of nine kids, and eight of them have black belts in some way.

Willie and Vi Johnson welcomed a son, James. Johnson is one of six brothers and two sisters.

Johnson’s mother has won five national kickboxing titles, while his father has won seven times as a global kickboxing champion.

Throughout his time in the NBA, Johnson was regularly questioned about his MMA background. How it relates to basketball was a question he was frequently asked.

According to the 6-foot-7 forward, fighting and basketball are very similar. The key difference, in Johnson’s opinion, is that basketball is a team sport while mixed martial arts is an individual activity.

Currently in his 14th NBA season, James. Even though “Bloodsport” still participates in games for roughly 20 minutes, he is aware that basketball is a sport for young guys.

Johnson responded that he would be thrilled to return to his “first love” when asked whether he would be interested in pursuing a UFC career if Dana White approached him.

Trading blows

During the third quarter of Tuesday night’s Heat vs. Raptors game, Johnson and Serge Ibaka got into a physical altercation. The NBA punished James and Serge for one game each.

Johnson missed the Heat vs. Pacers game on Wednesday night, and Ibaka missed the Cavaliers game.


The second wife of James Johnson is Diana Issa. Since no websites have addressed her personal and professional life, there is little else about her online.

She is connected to Velvet Lane Cakes Toronto, say our sources. She is also physically fit, which suggests that she is a fitness enthusiast and is likely to engage in specific fitness-related activities.

The wife of the NBA player is a frequent user of social media. She frequently posted pictures of herself and her kids on her official Instagram account, @dede.johns.

In addition, James and Issa were reunited when James visited Miami, and their romance developed even further. The couple also got engaged.

Previous Marriage & Controversy

Callie Johnson and James were formerly wed, but their marriage ended in a brief divorce, and Callie was given custody of their child.

In addition, the sportsman was charged with domestic assault on June 7, 2014, after Callie, his ex-wife was allegedly attacked and choked at their house.

According to WMC-TV, Johnson allegedly hit his wife in the face with an open hand after they had just returned home, and then choked her.

Johnson left and came back when the police showed up, where he was captured.

While she and their toddler were in the bathroom, he allegedly smashed a hole in the door. He left, only to come back and see officers interrogating his wife.

She had no neck or face injuries, according to the officials. She acknowledged to the authorities that they had both consumed alcohol.

Johnson was also accused of inflicting physical violence on a member of his or her family. After Johnson’s wife left to attend court on June 30, 2014, the lawsuit was ultimately dismissed.

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Age, Height, and Weight

James Johnson is 35 years old right now. He is about 240 pounds and 6 feet 7 inches tall and has the physique of a grizzly bear on a juice fast.

He is an African-American who resides in the United States. He is also a Pisces, according to the zodiac.

Johnson appears to have a crown of bones, or possibly the Monster energy drink logo, supporting his neck from a distance.

The lettering is easier to read up close. His son’s name, NAYMIN, which served as the inspiration for Johnson’s comeback, is inscribed on his neck.

Social Media

James is active on a number of social media sites. He seldom ever uploads photographs there, though.

His basketball games are the main subject of the majority of the photos on his social media.

Even though he has been so inactive, he has amassed a significant following.

He has 81.2k Instagram followers and his Twitter has 26.5k followers.