Keldon Johnson
Keldon Johnson
21-Year-Old ForwardF
San Antonio Spurs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After an encouraging end to his rookie campaign in 2019-20, Johnson took another step forward last season, putting up 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 28.5 minutes per game. With the Spurs finally poised to enter a rebuild, Johnson will likely be entrusted with a larger workload this season -- particularly after Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan departed in free agency. He'll still have to compete with new arrivals Thaddeus Young and Doug McDermott, but Johnson will have the inside track to a starting frontcourt spot. If things break right, Johnson could push for top-75 value, though for that to happen he'll need to improve his free throw shooting and defensive numbers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2019. Spurs exercised $2.15 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Johnson was born in Chesterfield, Virginia, to Chris and Rochelle Johnson in 1999. He has two brothers, Kaleb and Kyle, and one sister, Kristyn. Kaleb played college football at Rutgers and later competed in the American Football League. Keldon attended Park View High School in South Hill, Virginia. He later transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. There he starred on the basketball court, averaging 20.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a senior. Johnson was subsequently named the Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year. In addition, he was selected to the USA Today All-USA Second Team. He was also named to both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic Game. During the summer of 2017, Johnson played for the United States Men's National Under-19 basketball team. Learn more about Johnson by following him on Twitter and Instagram (@keldonjohnson).

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Johnson played for the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2018-19 season and was named the Southeast Conference Rookie of the Year during that season. He also was placed on the 18-19 All-SEC Second Team, as well as the 18-19 SEC All-Freshman Team. The South Hill, Virginia native helped lead the Wildcats to the 2019 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. He ranked second among the Wildcats in defensive rebounds (168), defensive rebounds per game (4.5), three-pointers (45), three-point attempts (118), three-pointers per game (1.2), three-point attempts per game (3.2), free throws (109) and free-throw attempts (155). Johnson entered the 2019 NBA Draft after his freshman season at Kentucky and was drafted in the first round (29th overall) by the San Antonio Spurs.

Will play for Team USA
FSan Antonio Spurs
July 16, 2021
Johnson is set to replace Bradley Beal on Team USA's 12-man roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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After playing with the Olympic team as a part of the USA Select group, Johnson has now been promoted to play for the Senior National Team. Johnson will unite with his coach Gregg Popovich, following a strong sophomore season with the Spurs. The forward will be added to Team USA's roster along with JaVale McGee.
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2020

Johnson's role grew in his second NBA season, as his 28.5 minutes per game surpassed his rookie mark by over 10 minutes per contest. Not surprisingly, he posted substantial gains in production. Johnson averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Spurs while playing in 69 games. He made 47.9 percent of his attempts from the field and 74.0 percent of his free-throw tries. The sophomore forward started all but two of the games in which he played and logged at least 20 minutes in all but one contest. He notched eight double-doubles during the campaign, including a March 19 performance against Cleveland during which he scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds. Johnson posted a number of other single-game career highs during the season. He collected three blocks against Minnesota on Jan. 10, then registered another career-best with 29 points versus Houston four days later. On Feb. 9, he tallied six assists against Golden State to set another career-best mark. Johnson was effective in the Spurs' play-in loss to Memphis on May 19, finishing with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.

2019

After being selected by San Antonio with the 29th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Johnson went on to spend the majority of his season in the G League with the Austin Spurs, though he also ended up making 17 NBA appearances (one start). Johnson appeared in 31 G League games, averaging 20.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 30.2 minutes. His best G League performance came Dec. 17, when he posted 32 points, four three-pointers, eight rebounds and two assists against the Herd. On Feb. 25 with Austin, the 6-foot-5 wing generated 31 points, three rebounds, two dimes, two steals and one block against Sioux Falls. Johnson scored 20 or more points in 17 of his 31 G League appearances. Johnson rejoined the Spurs for good in March and ended up seeing a far larger role once the NBA resumed play in the Orlando bubble. On Aug. 5, he posted his first career 20-point game, shooting 7-of-10 from the field and adding six rebounds. Six days later, Aug. 11, Johnson set two new career bests with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Houston -- his first NBA double-double. He then closed out the season with another 24-point effort against Utah on Aug. 13.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
As a late first-round selection, Johnson didn't find immediate NBA playing time. Instead, he spent most of the season with the Austin Spurs of the G-League. The Kentucky product found success in the G-League, averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals across his 31 appearances. Though Johnson didn't get much NBA playing time in his first season, he played well when on the court, particularly at the end of the year. Johnson appeared in all eight of the Spurs' bubble games and averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals while stroking 1.4 threes across 26.1 minutes per contest. He was particularly effective as a scorer, notching three games of at least 20 points, including back-to-back 24-point showings in the final two games. Johnson has shown his offensive chops and proven that he can be a quality scoring option, though he'll have a tough time finding minutes on the wing in this offense. He'll compete with the likes of Derrick White, DeMar DeRozan, Lonnie Walker, Rudy Gay and rookie Devin Vassell.
A freshman out of Kentucky, Johnson was selected by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the 2019 Draft. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward started 36 of 37 appearances, averaging 13.5 points (46.1 FG%, 38.1 3P%, 70.3 FT%), 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 30.7 minutes. Those numbers helped him secure both the SEC Freshman of the Year award, as well as making the Second Team All-SEC (Coaches). During summer league, Johnson played in five games, averaging 12.2 points on 9.2 shots, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 22.2 minutes. It seems unlikely he'll garner many minutes in the NBA as a rookie, as the Spurs have no shortage of wing players. Chances are, Johnson will head down to the G League for a significant portion of the season to get some on-court experience.
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Eases way into postseason
FSan Antonio Spurs
May 16, 2021
Johnson scored nine points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 22 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Spurs.
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Leads starters with 18 points
FSan Antonio Spurs
May 15, 2021
Johnson produced 18 points (6-11 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and two rebounds across 25 minutes in Saturday's 140-103 loss to the Spurs.
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Bounces back against Bucks
FSan Antonio Spurs
May 10, 2021
Johnson scored 20 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT) to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 25 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks.
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Quiet in loss to Blazers
FSan Antonio Spurs
May 9, 2021
Johnson had just six points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds in Saturday's loss to Portland.
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Stuffs stat sheet in OT loss
FSan Antonio Spurs
May 3, 2021
Johnson recorded 19 points (7-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT), six rebounds, five assists and three steals across 38 minutes in Sunday's overtime loss against the Sixers.
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