Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson

22-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. Spurs exercised $3.87 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
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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). 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.

Comes close to double-double
FSan Antonio Spurs
January 22, 2022
Johnson logged 14 points (5-12 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists across 32 minutes during Friday's 117-102 loss to Brooklyn.
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Johnson scored in double digits once again, something he's done in each of his last seven contests, and he also ended just three boards away from putting up a double-double, something he hasn't done since Dec. 23 in a win over the Lakers. Johnson, who won the gold medal with Team USA in the Olympics last year, is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season -- both figures are career-best marks for the third-year pro.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Solid shooting night in loss
FSan Antonio Spurs
January 14, 2022
Johnson ended with 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt), five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes during Friday's 114-109 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Pops for 18 points in return
FSan Antonio Spurs
January 12, 2022
Johnson contributed 18 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes during Wednesday's 128-124 loss to the Rockets.
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Available off bench Wednesday
FSan Antonio Spurs
January 12, 2022
Johnson (COVID-19 protocols) is available for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Could play Wednesday
FSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
January 12, 2022
Johnson (COVID-19 protocols) could play Wednesday against the Rockets if he returns one more negative test before tipoff, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Added to protocols
FSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
January 6, 2022
Johnson was added to health and safety protocols Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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