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Tyler Johnson

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Tyler Johnson might be a player who hasn’t been receiving a lot of buzz as of late, but the Fresno State product can definitely play.

The last time he was covered on a consistent basis was during his Miami Heat tenure. But after Pat Riley overpaid him and was surprisingly able to get rid of his enormous contract by shipping him to Phoenix, Johnson slowly fell out of the Suns’ rotation this past season, in light of Ricky Rubio‘s arrival.

Having said that, it sounds like he’s looking for a fresh start after being waived. Whatever team he goes to, with only being 27, he will likely continue to play like the crafty combo guard he was once known for, similar to Austin Rivers‘ current role in Houston.

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And despite Johnson’s 3-point percentage taking quite a dip since being traded to the rebuilding Suns, he is a better shooter than what the numbers say. If Johnson is able to receive the opportunity to sign with a contending team, it would be unsurprising to see him used in spot-up situations and at times, serve as a secondary ball-handler.