Although Keldon Johnson fell down the board during the 2019 NBA Draft, the Kentucky prospect is clearly showing that teams made a mistake in allowing him to slide to the No. 29 overall pick.
Johnson went through a couple of rough patches at Kentucky, but there weren’t many concerns with his skillset. The athletic guard has the frame and shooting touch to translate well at the next level.
Earlier this week, Johnson saw his former teammate Tyler Herro make his debut with the Miami Heat. Herro didn’t disappoint as he scored 18 points in his first taste of professional basketball.
Despite having a tough act to follow, Johnson rose to the challenge with a performance that he’ll never forget.
On Tuesday, Johnson led the Spurs to a victory over the Grizzlies with 29 points and seven rebounds.
The San Antonio first-round pick even hit a miraculous half-court shot to end the third quarter.
Here are Johnson’s highlights from his debut:
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Johnson is the latest one-and-done prospects from the Kentucky Wildcats. In his only season with the program, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
It’ll be fun to see how Johnson develops with the Spurs, especially since Gregg Popovich has success with players of his potential.
Kentucky fans can watch Johnson tonight when San Antonio faces Utah.