2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT (KELDON JOHNSON)

KELDON JOHNSON

2019 NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

KELDON JOHNSON

KELDON JOHNSON 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report

COLLEGE: KENTUCKY

HEIGHT: 6’6″

WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS

POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD

CLASS: FRESHMAN

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LOTTERY PICK (CAN GO AS HIGH AS PICK #5)

SCOUTING REPORT

STRENGTHS

  • Physical, fiery, high-energy wing player who has all the potential to be a coveted wing player in the NBA
  • A slasher who likes to attack the hole and use a variety of floaters and teardrops when finishing
  • Uses long arms (6’9 wingspan & 8’8 standing reach) and high release point to shoot the ball above defender’s reach
  • Range on the shot is there — confident when shooting from 15+ feet on the catch and shoot, and can hit the three
  • Flashes enormous potential as a defender with his physical tools, and relishes being able to check a guy one-on-one

WEAKNESSES

  • Deep shooting range is still developing; shot under 33% from three early in his freshman season in Lexington
  • As a result, primary instinct is to drive to the hole, even if a situation presents itself where he has room to take the shot
  • Has a slower motion in catch-and-shoot situations, taking a bit longer to get the shot off than ideal
  • Despite his slashing ability, he’s not a creative ball-handler; his dribble and drive is almost always a straight line to the hoop


ANALYSIS

Keldon Johnson is effectively a textbook version of what you’d call a high-energy swing-man. A tough and relentless two-way player, Johnson has a myriad of tools that NBA teams covet, and a motor and set of intangibles to go with it.

After coming off a disastrous 0-point effort against Georgia in mid-January, and in the midst of a slow-start against then-14th ranked Auburn, Johnson was challenged by point guard Ashton Hagans, when the latter told the former to “wake the f—k up.” Instead of sulking or causing a rift between teammates, Johnson finished the game tied for the team lead in scoring with 20 points.

But whether Johnson’s destiny in the NBA is as an “alpha dog” remains to be seen. Given his skill-set, and his limited ability to single-handedly create offense for himself and his teammates, he’s better served as a complimentary player to a to a do-it-all-type guy. This isn’t a knock on Johnson, as he can do a little bit of everything well. In the open space game that the NBA has become, guys like Johnson are extremely valuable.

The consensus around the NBA is that there are 4 players as of now that should be top 5 picks. Duke’s freshman trio of Zion Willamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Ja Morant of Murray State look to be the 4. Who is the 5th best player in the upcoming draft? That is up for debate. However, if Keldon Johnson keeps improving at the level he is right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if he makes his way into the debate. He has big-time talent. 

 

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