Reason #1: Top 20 in scoring
With last season's leading scorer, Murray, being traded in the offseason, it isn't exactly a surprise that the team's second-leading scorer would step up. However, Johnson has done more than just step up; he now ranks in the top 20 in the NBA in scoring with 23.8 points per game. Considering he averaged 17 points per game last season, that would be nearly a seven-point jump in scoring, which could make him the front-runner for Most Improved Player of the Year.
How is he doing it? Johnson has put his improved shot to good use, launching 8.9 3-point attempts per game, which is 10th in the NBA and would be a team record if it holds. Better yet, he's draining 42.7% of his threes, and that's accounting for 11.4 points per game or 48% of his scoring average. Generally, being so reliant on 3-point shooting can be a bad thing because it's difficult to keep up for an entire season.
However, that logic is becoming outdated with the likes of Steph Curry rewriting the record books. That's not to say that Johnson is anywhere near the shooter that Curry is, but players such as Johnson have taken his lead and placed more emphasis on being more aggressive when shooting from beyond the arc.
Ultimately, Johnson has more than stepped up this season and could be in line for both Most Improved and an All-Star appearance. He'll have to keep up his strong play, however, but given how much he's improved, that shouldn't be much of an issue.