2021 NBA Draft mock #16: Oklahoma City Thunder (via Boston Celtics): Keon Johnson
Johnson is a long-term prospect, but his potential could see him picked in the lottery. The 19-year-old slipped down draft boards after disappointing combine measurements. He was just 6’3.5 with a 6’7 wingspan. Still, there is plenty of a like about the teenager out of Tennessee.
Johnson averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.1 steals in 25.5 minutes per game during his lone college season. He shot 44.9 percent from the field and 70.3 percent on his free throws. Johnson is a fantastic athlete that should wreak havoc in transition. He will struggle to get consistent minutes as a rookie, but he has the potential to be a top ten player in this class.
The two biggest areas where Johnson needs to develop are his playmaking and outside shooting. The 19-year-old hit just 27.1 percent of his 48 NCAA 3-point attempts. He must work on his jumper. Teams will be hoping to turn him into a secondary creator and ball-handler if he cannot space the floor. Johnson just does not have either skill yet.
The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up this selection in the Kemba Walker trade. They currently have three first-round picks in the 2021 NBA Draft. OKC is in the early stages of a long-term rebuild, so adding another high upside prospect is the perfect fit.
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