Spurs: 3 Ways Keldon Johnson must improve to become a star
After some impressive performances in the NBA bubble last summer, Keldon Johnson finally got to show what he was made of this past season in an increased role with the San Antonio Spurs.
After some fantastic performances this past season, Johnson was able to burst into the national spotlight, being highly praised by renowned NBA analysts like Zach Lowe, Kevin O'Connor, and Chris Vernon. Johnson was also named as a 2021 NBA Rising Star during the All-Star break this past March.
Keldon Johnson, commonly nicknamed 'Big Body,' has drawn comparisons to the likes of Russell Westbrook for good reason. He had games when he was able to bully his way to the bucket more or less at will, barreling through bigs like Jonas Valanciunas and Rudy Gobert as if they weighed 20 pounds lighter. Despite being undersized at times, he had some impressive defensive performances on occasion as well, with one of his defensive showings against Zion Williamson immediately coming to mind.
If that isn't enough, he was even the first Spurs player to record a 20-rebound game since Tim Duncan back in 2013. What perhaps has people most impressed though is that he was able to do what he did in his sophomore season in the league, which also happened to be his first season as a regular rotation player in San Antonio.
Being that, scarily enough, Keldon Johnson is still very much a young and raw player, here we will look at what he can improve upon this offseason. If Johnson can come into next season having improved these three skills, he may be able to cause some serious damage in the league.