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San Antonio Spurs: 3 Guys worth trading up for in the 2021 NBA Draft

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2. Keon Johnson, SG, Tennessee

If the San Antonio Spurs opt to go the athletic route in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, Keon Johnson is worth a serious look. In one season at Tennessee, Johnson averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 25.5 minutes.

The 6-5 guard out of Tennessee recently made headlines for breaking a 20-year-old vertical jump record at the NBA Combine.

While still raw, Johnson's explosive athleticism has had him rising in NBA mock drafts, even listed as Kevin O'Connor's 9th pick in his recent mock draft for The Ringer. O'Connor cites Keon's defense both on and off the ball as one of his best qualities on the court.

While his strong defense is already a good reason the Spurs should be looking at Keon, the hustle he plays with on the court is another aspect of his game that makes me feel like he's a worthy option.

According to Chase Hughes of NBCS Washington, the Spurs were one of the teams to conduct an early interview with the 19-year-old:

One reservation I have about Johnson is his inconsistent outside jumper. He shot just 27 percent from three at Tennessee and appears to have a hitch in his shot. Still, the Spurs have Chip Engelland. If the Spurs have faith that his jumper can be repaired, Keon should get consideration.