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Keon Johnson

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: SGFROM: TennesseeHT: 6-4 3/4WT: 185
BORN: 3/10/02YEAR: Fr.WING: 6-7 1/4REACH: 8-1

Draft Notes

Keon Johnson is a next level athlete who’s stock is trending up. He didn”t get a ton of touches for a loaded Tennessee team but he has a ton of natural ability and all the tools NBA teams look for. He’s one of the least polished players in this year’s lottery/mid first round but his athletic upside and flashes of ability will likely get him drafted in the top 14.

At the draft combine he posted a ridiculous 48-inch vertical leap, smashing the previous record. This demonstrates his next level athleticism (although we must point out that his standing reach of 8-1 is quite low, which boosts his vertical number).

Johnson will need some time to refine his ball-handling, shooting and play-making skills but his elite athleticism and rock solid frame give him a nice NBA ceiling. At this point he drives the ball mostly to the right but he does so effectively and with a lot of success. He’s got great burst into the lane and explodes above the rim.

In some ways he plays like a young Ron Artest, being physical in the paint, rebounding the heck out the ball and also initiating the offense as a point forward. Another player Johnson reminds me of is Jaylen Brown, with his physical driving style and high end athleticism. It’s too early to say if he’ll be as good as those two players but the tools are there.

At this point outside shooting isn’t a strength but his shot certainly isn’t broken and will surely improve over the course of his career. He’s a slasher and a hustle player who doesn’t need to be a first or second option on offense to have a big impact on the game.

On the defensive end is where Johnson really stands out. He’s a pesky, hard-nosed defender who gives great effort and really looks in on his man. He plays passing lanes well and has very quick hands. At 6-5 he’s got enough size to guard SFs and his quick feet and awesome lateral agility allow him to stay in-front of just about any player out there.


Comparisons

  • smaller Jaylen Brown

Draft Projection

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2021 Shooting Guards

  1. Jalen Green – 6-5 – G League Ingite
  2. Moses Moody – 6-6 – Arkansas
  3. James Bouknight – 6-5 – UConn
  4. Keon Johnson – 6-5 – Tennessee 
  5. Jaden Springer – 6-4 – Tennessee
  6. Chris Duarte – 6-6 – Oregon
  7. Cam Thomas – 6-3 – LSU
  8. Tre Mann – 6-5 – Florida
  9. Josh Primo – 6-6 – Alabama
  10. Joe Wieskamp – 6-6 – Iowa
  11. Quentin Grimes – 6-5 – Houston
  12. Josh Christopher – 6-5 – Arizona State
  13. Brandon Boston Jr. – 6-7 – Kentucky 
  14. D.J. Steward – 6-3 – Duke
  15. David Duke – 6-5 – Providence
  16. D.J. Steward Jr. 6-6 – Miss. State
  17. Paul Scruggs – 6-4 – Xavier
  18. Austin Reaves – 6-5 – Oklahoma
  19. Aaron Wiggins – 6-6 – Maryland
  20. RJ Nembhard – 6-5 – TCU
  21. A.J. Lawson – 6-6 – South Carolina 
  22. Alan Griffin – 6-5 – Syracuse
  23. Juhann Begarin – 6-4 – France
  24. M.J. Walker – 6-5 – Florida State
  25. Malcolm Cazalon – 6-6 – France 
  26. Scottie Lewis – 6-5 – Florida
  27. Marcus Zegarowski – 6-2 – Creighton
  28. John Petty – 6-6 – Alabama
  29. Nahziah Carter – 6-6 – NA
  30. Kyree Walker – 6-4 – Phoenix, AZ