Jalen Johnson

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SFFROM: DukeHT: 6-8WT: 215
BORN: 12/18/01YEAR: Fr.WING: 6-10 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Johnson is a versatile player who can play on or off the ball and has legit point guard skills in a 6-8 frame. He excels at initiating the fast break and finding teammates and is a true quarterback of the offense. His length and athleticism allow him to defend multiple positions and he’s a high level rebounder who can hold is own in the paint. He projects as a one and done lottery pick for Duke.

  • A heady player who makes good reads and is a skilled passer
  • Has excellent speed and overall athleticism – plays above the rim with ease
  • Has decent shooting form but is inconsistent. Could take some time to develop this aspect of his game.
  • Can get his own shot off the dribble using his slick ball handling, step back and fade away moves
  • Has a smooth mid range game and a soft touch around the basket
  • Crashes the boards well and can rip and run
  • Has good length for a perimeter defender and can really lock down his man
  • Defends at the rim well for a wing/guard
  • Is an overall versatile player on both ends of the floor

Comparisons

  • Has Paul Pierce-like abilities, skills and frame.

Draft Projection

top 10 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Small Forwards

  1. Jonathan Kuminga -6-8 – G League (Congo)
  2. Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – Duke
  3. Ziaire Williams – 6-7 – Stanford
  4. Terrence Shannon Jr. – 6-7 – Texas Tech
  5. Wendall Moore – 6-6 – Duke
  6. Chris Smith – 6-9 – UCLA
  7. Landers Nolley II – 6-7 – Memphis
  8. Keyontae Johnson – 6-5 – Florida
  9. Trendon Watford – 6-8 – LSU
  10. Franz Wagner – 6-8 – Michigan (Germany)
  11. Derrick Alston Jr. – 6-9 – Boise State
  12. Corey Kispert – 6-7 – Gonzaga
  13. Samuell Williamson – 6-7 – Louisville
  14. Emmitt Mathews Jr. – 6-7 – West Virginia