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October 21, 2020

Keldon Johnson is ready to show up

The Spurs 29th pick is ready to contribute to the Spurs. Not only for this scrimmage games but for the next eight games and more in the future. Johnson spent his time in NBA G League which he averages almost 20 points and shoots above 50% from the field.

The kid is only 19 years old which is obvious he needs to develop his game in G League rather than sitting on the bench. But with Tim Duncan taken over a game to coach, the kid showed up. Johnson responded both ends of the court against the Charlotte Hornets on which the Spurs win the game. Since then, he earned minutes in the Spurs rotation.

With his two games in the scrimmage, Johnson scored 11 and 8 points. Against the Nets, when the Spurs are down he scored 6 points to take over the fourth quarter. All of his points came from his aggressiveness. Johnson drives to the basket which three of it was called for a foul, two and-one. All fouled was against Nets seven-foot Rodions Kurucs. Johnson is fearless, he’s aware that Nets’ big man isn’t a good shot blocker.

Keldon Johnson’s three-point shot isn’t perfect yet but he got no hesitation when he takes it. The Spurs kid shoots 38% from the arc more than the league averages. With the right shooting coach Chip England, he can fix it.

Defensively, Johnson is great to stay in on his man. He looks like a veteran that knows how to use his strengths. A good rebounder for his size who always looks for transition points if had opportunity.

Giving him more than 10 minutes in a bubble game could be a win-win situation. Johnson will develop his confidence that could be a start to find regular rotation minutes for him. At the same time, he will spark the Spurs bench with his tenacity and energy.

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