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5 Facts about Keldon Johnson

by | Posted on: March 11th, 2021 | No Comments |

Keldon Johnson has proven that he has the potential to mend the Spurs’ situation this year.

In his previous season as a Spur, he managed to average 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and .9 assists in 17 total games. The 6-foot-6 forward is currently having a blast, averaging 14.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 29 games played. Not only that, but he is now playing as a starter for the Spurs, only missing two games as a player who did not start.

This means that Gregg Popovich has so much confidence on the young forward.

1. High School Star

Johnson played for the Oak Hill Academy when he was in high school. The forward of the San Antonio Spurs was rated as a five-star recruit and ranked as the 13th best player in the 2018 class by 247sports.com.

He averaged 22.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.

Carmelo Anthony, Josh Smith, and Rajon Rondo also played for the Oak Hill Academy Warriors.

2. Part of the 2018 Spurs-Toronto Trade.

On July 18 of 2018, the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors agreed to trade their most skillful players in their team. The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick. The Spurs then used the draft choice for Keldon Johnson from the University of Kentucky.

3. Former Kentucky Wildcat

When Johnson was a freshman at the University of Kentucky, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds while shooting 46% percent.

In April of 2019, Tyler Herro, Johnson’s teammate while playing for the University of Kentucky, announced that he would remain in the NBA draft. Johnson and another wildcat also announced their departure on the next day. In addition to that, PJ Washington announced that he will be entering the 2019 NBA Draft seven days prior to Herro’s announcement.

4. Played for the Austin Spurs

The young forward once played for the affiliated team of the San Antonio Spurs, the Austin Spurs.

In the 2019-20 season of the NBA G-League, Johnson went blazing hot for the Spurs. He averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. He led his team to 24 wins in that season.

5. A big Mariah Carey Fan

Johnson is not only an excellent forward of the Spurs, but he is also a big Mariah Carey fan. He listens to “We Belong Together” every day.

The forward even sings it with his teammates while training.