2021 NBA Draft mock #13: Indiana Pacers: Jalen Johnson
Johnson played just 13 games for Duke this season before opting out to prepare for the draft. He was slowed by a foot injury and played inconsistent minutes. The 19-year-old brings a tantalizing skill set, but there are plenty of questions.
In his limited college sample, Johnson averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks in just 21.4 minutes per game. The 19-year-old shot 52.3 percent from the field and was eight of 18 from 3-point range. Johnson has the athletic ability to get to the rim with ease and the potential to be a two-way force at the next level.
His defensive ceiling could see him selected as high as sixth overall. Johnson is 6’9 and 220 pounds. Add in his athleticism to make him the switchable defender that every NBA team covets. Jalen Johnson will need time to develop, but there are plenty of raw tools to fall in love with from the teenage forward.
The Indiana Pacers take a shot on Johnson’s upside as they attempt to round out their roster. He will not be ready for big minutes as a rookie, but he has the potential to be a top-five player in this class if things fall right.
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