Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In his second season, Johnson took small steps forward statistically, increasing his points per game from 8.8 to 9.6, threes from 1.9 to 2.0, and assists from 1.2 to 1.4. However, the growth was marginal -- not exactly what you'd hope for from an 11th pick, second-year player. A couple of bright spots emerged in the playoffs, however, where Johnson was consistently the first forward off the bench (enabled by Dario Saric's injury). Johnson increased his steals per game to 0.9 versus 0.6 in the regular season, and he hit the coveted 50-40-90 mark. No doubt, Johnson is an exciting player to watch, with his smooth three-point shooting ability and athletic moves around the basket. With Saric still injured, Johnson will be given plenty of opportunities in 2021-22 to show off his skills. But if he's going to emerge as more than a backup role player, he's going to need to consistently do more with the 24-27 minutes he gets. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.27 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019. Suns exercised $4.44 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Suns exercised $5.89 million team option for 2022-23 in November of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Johnson was born in 1996 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He comes from a basketball family, as his mother Amy scored over 1,000 points at Kent State. His father Gilbert played at Pittsburgh from 1988-90 -- the same school Johnson initially attended before transferring to North Carolina. Johnson also has three brothers -- Aaron, Donovan and Braylon -- and Aaron played college basketball at Clarion. Johnson started his high school career at Moon Area High School, playing two years there before transferring to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. He was second-team all-state after averaging 27.8 points per game as a senior. Johnson was also a football player in high school. He went on to pursue a Masters degree in sports administration. Check Johnson out on Instagram (camjohnson23). Johnson had a five-year career in the ACC -- three with Pittsburgh and his last two with North Carolina. He acted as a reserve his freshman year with Pittsburgh before a knee injury cut his season short after just eight games. Johnson took advantage of a medical redshirt and was back in action for the Panthers next season, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds across 32 games (one start). He made the leap to full-time starter as a redshirt sophomore and put up 11.9 points on 51.0 percent shooting in 33 games. He was ranked No. 10 in the ACC that season with 78 three-pointers made. Johnson then elected to move to North Carolina as a graduate transfer, so he was able to avoid sitting out a season. He missed the season's first 11 games with a knee injury in his first year with the Tar Heels, but still appeared in 26 games (20 starts), averaging 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. By his senior year, Johnson was one of the best players in college basketball. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists and was third in the ACC with 96 three-pointers made. North Carolina ended up falling to Auburn in the Sweet Sixteen that season, but Johnson took home first-team All-ACC honors.

Contributes 13 points from bench
FPhoenix Suns
December 7, 2021
Johnson produced 13 points (5-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals over 29 minutes during Monday's 108-104 win over San Antonio.
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The slashing sharpshooter didn't do much from beyond the arc in Monday's win, but his lack of scoring was offset by solid defensive numbers with the second unit.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Johnson had a solid rookie campaign, namely showing off the three-point shooting ability he was lauded for in college. In 22.0 minutes per game, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 threes (39.0%) and 1.2 assists. He was fighting for time on the wing with Mikal Bridges, Kelly Oubre and Dario Saric, so Johnson's minutes weren't easy to come by. What kind of upside Johnson has in his second season will likely depend on whether all of those players are around to begin the campaign. He's flashed solid upside, averaging 13.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 threes and 2.2 assists when seeing 30-plus minutes as a rookie. Johnson will likely never be a volume scorer, but he has potential to be one of the better sources of three-pointers in the league, especially at forward. For the upcoming season, he could be a late-pick flier in standard fantasy leagues, but at this stage of his career, he's mostly still a dynasty target.
In a surprising move, the Suns selected Johnson -- a strong, versatile shooter -- with the 11th pick in the 2019 Draft. The North Carolina product and ACC All-First Team selection, who was thought of to be a mid-to-late first-round target, reportedly impressed teams in pre-draft workouts and will join a Suns franchise in desperate need of three-point shooting. Johnson, a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, averaged 16.9 points per game while shooting better than 45 percent from three for the Tar Heels last season. At 6-foot-9 with excellent shooting touch, Johnson may be able to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward at the NBA level. So although he's not expected to start for Phoenix, there's still a pathway to significant minutes. As a fantasy player, he should provide great value as a three-point shooter and overall efficient scorer, though it seems unlikely he'll contribute much elsewhere. Johnson does have rebounding and steal upside given his length, but he wasn't a big contributor during college in either of those categories.
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Red-hot off bench
FPhoenix Suns
December 2, 2021
Johnson registered 19 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one block across 27 minutes during Thursday's 114-103 victory over Detroit.
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Scores career-high 22 points
FPhoenix Suns
November 22, 2021
Johnson produced 22 points (9-15 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 0-1 FT), one rebound, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 126-97 victory over the Nuggets.
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Scores 13 in 22 minutes
FPhoenix Suns
November 20, 2021
Johnson had 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 22 minutes during Friday's 112-104 win over the Mavericks.
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Connects on three triples Friday
FPhoenix Suns
November 12, 2021
Johnson totaled 12 points (4-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes during Friday's 1169-94 victory over Memphis.
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Gets fourth year in Phoenix
FPhoenix Suns
November 1, 2021
The Suns exercised their fourth-year option on Johnson's contract Monday, Jake Fischer of BleacherReport.com reports.
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