San Antonio Spurs Draft

Grading the San Antonio Spurs' last 3 NBA Drafts

Luka Samanic
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2019 Draft, Pick No. 29: Keldon Johnson

Despite the Samanic pick, the Spurs didn't leave the 2019 NBA Draft empty-handed when they got a steal in Keldon Johnson. Selected at 29th, Johnson showed that he is a reliable role player and could maybe even become the Robin to Dejounte Murray's Batman. Johnson spent a lot of time in the G League in his rookie season, which helped him improve his overall game.

In his second year in the league, we saw him become part of the Spurs for the whole season. Starting for 67 games that year, he played an important role in them reaching the Play-In Tournament. Although they didn't make the playoffs, Johnson's chemistry with the whole team was a bright spot for their future.

During the summer of 2021, he was a replacement for Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal in the Tokyo Olympics. Joining Coach Gregg Popovich, they represented Team USA and went on to win gold.

His exposure in the international game gave him an immense boost and improvement. Johnson capped off his 2021-22 campaign shooting 39% from the 3-point line while finishin 3rd in win shares with 4.9 and 2nd in scoring with 17. For someone who was the 29th pick in the draft, Johnson has improved his game tremendously and has given fans hope.

I want to see Johnson get even more involved in the offense, and I know his teammates trust him to be more than their secondary option.

Grade: A+

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