2021 NBA Draft mock #8: Toronto Raptors: Keon Johnson
The Raptors slipped one spot to eighth in the simulated lottery. There are plenty of questions for Toronto this offseason. Do they re-sign Kyle Lowry? Will Pascal Siakam be ready for the start of the regular season after undergoing shoulder surgery? How do the Raptors jump back into contention?
Toronto is known for taking high upside players in the draft. They follow suit here by selecting Keon Johnson. The 6’5 wing is a unique athlete with an intriguing skill set. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 25.5 minutes per game during his lone season at Tennessee. The 19-year-old may struggle to stay on the court next season, but he has tremendous upside.
Teams will covet his defensive potential. Johnson has the size and athletic ability to be the switchable wing teams desire. He competes hard and should be a plus option in time.
Johnson’s shooting is the biggest question mark. He hit just 13 of 48 3-point tries during his lone NCAA season. Will he develop as an outside shooter? Does his stock slip because of his current lack of shooting? Some team will fall in love with his potential and select Keon Johnson in the top ten.
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