April 11, 2010
Johnson averaged 23 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1 block per game as a member of the Skyforce this season. His play elevated after Reggie Williams was sent up to the Golden State Warriors and gave way for a new leader to step up. Johnson answered that call and received various accolades along the way, including Performer of the Month in March.
The Houston Rockets have used the NBA D-League on a regular basis this season in their search for a consistent rotation and dependable roster. Other Rockets call-ups in '09-'10 include Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Will Conroy (Rio Grande Valley Vipers) and Garrett Temple (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
On the downside, Johnson's call-up could not have come at a worse time for the Skyforce as they are in the middle of a playoff series versus the Tulsa 66ers. Sioux Falls dropped the first game of the best-of-three playoff series Thursday night, but bounced back at home in game two. They'll play game three on Sunday at home to determine the victor.