Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Not listed on injury report
FPhoenix Suns
May 22, 2021
Johnson (wrist) is not on the injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Lakers.
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Johnson was forced to miss the last six games of the regular season due to a sprained right wrist, but it appears that he's on track to play in the Suns' playoff opener against the Lakers on Sunday. The 24-year-old averaged 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 24 minutes per game during the regular season, and he should regain his usual role in the rotation provided he's healthy.
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2020

Johnson has scored 15 points or more seven times across his first 34 games of the season in mostly a bench role. The 25-year-old's season high came early in the season on Dec. 27, when he went for 21 points on 7-of-9 from the field in a victory over Sacramento. More than half of Johnson's 8.4 field-goal attempts per game have come from beyond the arc (5.7), and he's shooting a solid 37.8 percent from downtown while making 2.1 threes per contest. Johnson is also averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He missed his first game of the season just prior to the All-Star break due to COVID-19 protocols, and it's not clear yet when he'll be able to return to the floor.

2019

A rookie out of North Carolina, Johnson appeared in 49 games (one start) for the Suns prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11. He saw 20.3 minutes per contest and averaged 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while hitting 1.9 threes per game at a 39.7 percent clip. Johnson made his NBA debut on Oct. 26, scoring four points in a win over the Clippers. Johnson scored in double-figures for the first time on Oct. 30 in Golden State, when he finished with 12 points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Johnson scored in double-figures five times in a six-game span from Nov. 10 through Nov. 21. In that stretch, he averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.7 minutes per game. On Mar. 3 against Toronto, Johnson scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-13 three-point attempts. He also added four rebounds, two assists, a career-best three blocks and one steal. Against Denver on Dec. 23, Johnson finished with 11 points and a then-career-best seven rebounds. In his lone start before the restart (Feb. 10 at LAL), Johnson had eight points, four assists and three steals in 22 minutes. When the season resumed in Orlando, Johnson entered the starting lineup and helped lead Phoenix to a perfect 8-0 record during seeding play. Johnson scored in double-figures in six of those games, including an 18-point outing in a win over Oklahoma City on Aug. 10. He logged a pair of double-doubles in Orlando, highlighted by a 19-point, 12-rebound, four-assist effort in an Aug. 2 win over Dallas.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Dario Šaric to the Phoenix Suns for Jarrett Culver.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a two-year, $8.27 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • December 20, 2020
    Phoenix Suns exercised $4.44 million team option for 2021-22.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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On track for playoff return
FPhoenix Suns
Wrist
May 18, 2021
Johnson (wrist) should return to play Sunday, Gerald Bourquet of FanSided.com reports.
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Out for Sunday's finale
FPhoenix Suns
Wrist
May 16, 2021
Johnson (wrist) will not play Sunday against the Spurs, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Out Saturday
FPhoenix Suns
Wrist
May 14, 2021
Johnson (wrist) is out Saturday against the Spurs.
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Remains out Thursday
FPhoenix Suns
Wrist
May 12, 2021
Johnson (wrist) won't play in Thursday's game against Portland.
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Unavailable Tuesday
FPhoenix Suns
Wrist
May 10, 2021
Johnson (wrist) won't play Tuesday against the Warriors, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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