NBA Draft: 2019 Mock 2.0: If the Dallas Mavericks land in top 4
By Kohl Rast
The third and final first round pick out of the University of Kentucky is Keldon Johnson, a 6’6″ guard/forward with a lot of upside and who showed a lot of signs of growth in his one season under Coach John Calipari. Although he was not selected quite as high as his teammates in this mock draft, all three guys have been impressive this year.
The Utah Jazz have a great center and a solid wing right now that they are building around. The team has had a couple really impressive seasons in a row, but they need a dynamic player to help them get over the hump that has slowed them down over the past two seasons. Adding another athletic wing to the team definitely wouldn’t hurt.
Johnson is capable of becoming a scoring machine with the speed and quickness he showed this year. His shooting stroke looks good and he can attack the hoop with great ball handling, body control and athleticism in order to finish or draw a foul whenever necessary. His size and speed make him a great prospect for the defensive end as well.
As with many athletic players, Johnson’s speed and quickness can get him into some trouble with his decision making at times. Aside from that, his defense has not been as stellar as it can be, but there are reasons to believe that it will get better as he trains to play NBA level basketball.
Player Comparison: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
KCP is a gifted scorer and a very impressive athlete who has had a better NBA career than the situation he has been stuck in has allowed people to see. He can score in a variety of different ways and he has proven that he can be an above average wing defender thanks to his athleticism and tenacity.
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