Pre-Draft Stats

PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% EFG% PER
13.5 5.9 1.6 0.8 0.2 46.1 38.1 70.3 52.3 18.5
Sales Pitch
Tough gritty defender with NBA ready frame that has intriguing two-way potential.
Background
There was a lot of hype heading into this year about the potential in Kentucky's Keldon Johnson. The athletic wing looks the part on paper, showcasing an impressive NBA build and a fiery attitude to compete on both sides of the ball. Johnson is still developing as an all-around offensive threat and will need to convince teams that his best basketball is ahead of him but he has everything an NBA team could hope for in a potential two-way player. He might be one of the most passionate players in this class.
Pro Comparison
Shades of Corey Maggette
Positives

EFFORT

  • A passionate player who plays hard every possession. Not afraid to get inside and do the dirty work, especially against bigs on the boards. Can get downhill in a hurry and attack the rim while brushing off defenders. High energy player.

PHYSICAL PROFILE

  • Possesses an NBA body already. Does a great job of using it with his toughness. Dives for loose balls, not afraid to take charges. Good length as well. 

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL

  • Has the tools you want in a potential weapon on the defensive side of the ball. Plays with a consistent hardnosed effort. If fundamentals improve, could turn into a fantastic two-way option. 
Negatives

OFFENSIVE VERSATILITY

  • A one trick pony on the offensive side of the ball. Needs to develop his arsenal of scoring options. Relies too much on overpowering defenders on his way to the basket. Needs to develop some counters off the bounce. You'd think he has serious power when attacking the rim but doesn't finish well.

PASSING 

  • Reads defenses slow. Stares down targets. Needs to process looks quicker. 

DEFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

  • He has the tools to be a defensive monster, but the fundamentals aren't consistent. Gets caught watching the ball. Can lead to easy backdoors. 
Overall
Keldon Johnson has a long way to go in terms of becoming an all-around threat on the offensive side of the ball but he's an intriguing two-way prospect for the NBA level. Teams will need to convince themselves that they can unlock his offensive ability, but Johnson projects to become a serious asset on the defensive side of the ball with some consistency. He has a similar playing style to current Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala. An athletic slasher who has the desire to be dominant on the defensive side of the ball, Johnson should find himself hearing his name in the mid-first round of the NBA Draft.
Birthplace

Chesterfield, VA
United States

Draft Selection
29