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January 17, 2021

KELDON JOHNSON – Another Good Project

Small Forward, 6’6”, 211lbs, Wingspan: 6’9.5”, Reach: 8’8”

With the 29th pick in 2019 NBA Draft the San Antonio Spurs selects Keldon Johnson.  Keldon was generally ranked out of the top ten (10) draft picks: NBC Sports Washington 19th, 15th, Ringer 21st, Bleacher Report 8th and Sports Illustrated 23rd.  Based on these projections before the draft the Spurs may have no chance of picking him up as they set their 19th pick to Luka Semanic of Croatia.  But the San Antonio Spurs probably is the only team who sees the potential on Keldon.

Notable Things to Know

Keldon Johnson is a Small Forward and already physically gifted in NBA terms along with a good work ethic.  Most of his highlights are prominent with slasher plays and quick-thinking dunks.  And with 33 games (College) started he records nearly 6 rebound per game with almost 39% 3-point shooting percentage.  Those are good numbers as a freshman.  He can also transition to shooting guard as he has an already developed good shooting form and a good outside shooting.

He still needs improvement on defense which is a key attributes as a Small Forward.  With a height of 6’6” and a reach of 8’8” he can do more on defending the perimeter.  His confidence on play making should increase also.  A few lessons with Spurs Summer camp could amend on that.

NBA Summer League

            The summer league clearly showed what Keldon is made up with 29 points (58% FG 10-of-17), seven (7) rebounds, three (3) steals and one (1) block to a 99-84 win against Memphis Grizzles and 19 points against the Hornets on the next game.   

The Future

            The future looks bright from the young blood.  So far Becky Hammon’s statement on Keldon as “the steal of the draft” is proving to be true. 

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