Jun 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; General view of the Miami Heat logo on the court during the first quarter of game two of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat sign undrafted guard Tyler Johnson

The Miami Heat are likely still reeling from losing LeBron James in free agency and while they can’t replace his production, they’re doing what they can to field themselves a competitive roster.

That extends from their starting five to the back end of the bench, which is where Tyler Johnson is likely to play assuming he makes the Miami Heat final roster.

An undrafted though talented guard out of Fresno State, Johnson decided to sign with the Miami Heat despite interest from a handful of other clubs according to RealGM.

Playing in 11 Summer League games split between both Orlando and Las Vegas, Tyler Johnson was easily one of the most impressive players from either tournament as he put up over 12 points per game on 54 percent shooting.

That may not sound like much in a traditional setting, but keep in mind minutes are greatly reduced during Summer League so Johnson’s numbers were very solid.

The 22-year-old was deadly from beyond the arc during his time with Fresno State, knocking down 42 percent of his three-point shots though at just 6’2 and 177 pounds, it’s questionable if he’ll be able to handle the point guard duties at the NBA level. He certainly won’t be able to add height but he’ll need to add some pounds so he’s not pushed around on the defensive end.

It’s not known if he’ll be able to crack out a spot on the Miami Heat roster given their influx of guards, but issues with height and weight aside, the kid has shown an ability to play at every level.

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