Someone just got paid – and his name is Tyler Johnson! The Miami Heat guard signed a $50 million dollar contract with the NBA team during the offseason, but who is this guy? Get to know about the new baller on the court.
1. He was still technically a rookie when he signed his big payday.
Tyler, 24, had only played 68 career games with the Miami Heat when he signed a four-year, $50 million dollar contact with his team, according to ESPN. He had only averaged 7.4 points per game, which caused many to wonder why Miami was shelling out the cash for this guy.
2. Tyler came from practically nothing — and worked hard to get where he is.
Though Tyler is making bank, the dude did not come from money. His mother is Master Sgt. Jennifer Johnson and while he grew up, his family had to deal with money problems or when she would be deployed overseas for long stretches at a time. Instead of crying about it, Tyler’s mother told him to ‘get a straw and suck it up.’
“She’d say it for everything,” he said. “It’s the most annoying saying ever.” However, he took it to heart. Tyler didn’t let adversity keep him down. When he needed to work for financial aid at St. Francis High, serving lunch to his classmates.
3. He got in trouble for practicing!
In March 2016, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, 45, had to summon Tyler to his office at AmericanAirlines Arena. At the time, Tyler was in rehab following surgery on his left shoulder. During the confrontation, Erik played some security footage that showed Tyler running drills in an empty court. He was fined $500 for sneaking into the arena and conducting an “unsupervised workout without clearance from a team physician.”
4. He may have proven why he’s worth the money.
Dedication alone isn’t really worth $50 million, but Tyler’s numbers might prove why he deserves the money. During the preseason, Tyler played is six of the eight games. He averaged 11.0 points per game, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds, per Fansided. He shot 5.56% from the field, including 62.5% from the 3-point range. Those numbers are pretty good, but when looking at Tyler’s performance on a “per minute” basis, he shines. On a “per 36 minutes” basis, Tyler averaged 23.1 points per game, 5.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He seemed to back it up in the season opener against the Orlando Magic. Tyler scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in the 108-96 win.
5. Off the court, this Miami player likes to turn up the heat.
When he’s not playing (or breaking into the arena to practice) Tyler likes to cook for his fiancé, Ashley, and their son, Dameon, per NBPA. His signature dish is chicken with onions, jalapenos and bell peppers, topped with Italian dressing. After that major payday, Tyler can probably afford any utensil, appliance or topping he wants!
What do you think about Tyler, HollywoodLifers? Do you think the Heat did the right thing in singing him for $50 million?