The San Antonio Spurs were blessed to have the best power forward of all time and perhaps the best player ever for 19 productive winning seasons. Since the graceful retirement of Tim Duncan and the bitter exit of Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs have admittedly been lacking a top-tier NBA talent at any position. That could change with the breakout of Keldon Johnson.
Once again, greatness in San Antonio can happen at the forward spot. The NBA’s best players are almost exclusively power forwards, and the cream of the crop is made up of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Zion Williamson. Behind those elite talents are other great players like Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green, Damontas Sabonis, and Julius Randle.
SportingNews had Johnson ranked as the 18th-best power forward in the NBA earlier this month. Maybe that was based on last year’s play, but with the best summer of his life behind him and an absolutely insane start to the season, he could place himself in the top ten in the entire league.
Johnson is averaging 20.7 points on over 56% shooting. Granted, he’s only played three games so far, but he looks like an absolute professional out there. The San Antonio Spurs will be home to another great forward by the end of the season.
Let's look deeper into how special the start to the season as been for Keldon.