Jalen Johnson

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SF PFFROM: 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/point forward.

There are a few orange flags with Johnson, as he missed most of his senior year of high school after transferring schools and is now sidelined with a foot injury. At this point it’s nothing major but something to keep an eye on to see if he’s able to string together some productive play before entering the draft.

His length and athleticism to defend multiple positions and he’s a high level rebounder who can hold is own in the paint. His rebounding has really translated early in his Duke career and his overall strength and athleticism have really stood out.

  • 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 and needs to speed up his jumper.
  • Has the ability to post up smaller defenders and really uses his size and athleticism well to score in the lane.
  • 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 combo forward
  • Is an overall versatile player on both ends of the floor

Comparisons

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

Draft Projection

mid lottery to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2021 Small Forwards

  1. Scottie Barnes – 6-9 – Florida State
  2. Jonathan Kuminga – 6-7 – G League (Congo)
  3. Ziaire Williams – 6-7 – Stanford
  4. Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – Duke
  5. Corey Kispert – 6-7 – Gonzaga
  6. Franz Wagner – 6-9 – Michigan (Germany)
  7. Vrenz Bleijenbergh – 6-10 – Belgium
  8. Keyontae Johnson – 6-5 – Florida
  9. Aaron Henry – 6-6 – Michigan State
  10. Herb Jones – 6-8 – Alabama
  11. Isaiah Livers – 6-7 – Michigan
  12. Terrence Shannon Jr. – 6-7 – Texas Tech
  13. Kessler Edwards – 6-8 – Pepperdine
  14. Jermaine Samuels – 6-7 – Villanova
  15. Chris Smith – 6-9 – UCLA
  16. Trendon Watford – 6-8 – LSU
  17. Derrick Alston Jr. – 6-9 – Boise State
  18. Emmitt Mathews Jr. – 6-7 – West Virginia