Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson

24-Year-Old ForwardF
San Antonio Spurs
GTD
Injury Foot
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Despite averaging a career-high 22.0 points per game, Johnson's overall fantasy rank actually fell from 106 to 165 when compared to the 2021-22 season. While his scoring increased, his efficiency dropped, as did his rebounds and defensive production. The Spurs had very little to play for last season, other than trying to get the number one pick in the 2023 draft. With that wish coming to fruition, the team will now be building around Victor Wembanyama, shifting the focus off of Johnson. While this does mean his efficiency could increase, his opportunities to do other things are going to decrease. Coupled with the improvements of players like Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan and Malaki Branham, there is a chance Johnson will go undrafted in a few leagues. With that said, he should still be a relatively strong source of points and triples, typically enough to provide 12-team appeal. If we think of him in the same vein as someone like Harrison Barnes or RJ Barrett, we have a player who can be rostered in certain builds but with more appeal in points formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $74 million contract extension with the Spurs in July of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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.

Still week-to-week
FSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
April 14, 2024
Johnson (foot) said Sunday that he anticipates needing "about another week" before being able to consistently participate in basketball workouts, Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson will sit out Sunday's game against the Pistons with a left foot sprain, marking his fourth consecutive absence to close out his 2023-24 campaign. After averaging a career-high 22.0 points in 2022-23, Johnson's average dropped down to 15.7 per game while he lost out on a handful of minutes as he shifted into a full-time bench role in mid-December. Though he provided a scoring lift to the second unit, Johnson didn't show much growth as a floor spacer in his fifth NBA season, hitting 34.6 percent of 5.3 three-point attempts per game.
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How does Keldon Johnson compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
56.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
52.7%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
42.6%
 
Free Throw Rate
25.6%
 
Offensive Rebound %
5.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
15.1%
 
Total Rebound %
10.0%
 
Assist %
14.2%
 
Steal %
1.1%
 
Block %
0.8%
 
Turnover %
7.9%
 
Usage %
21.9%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
28.1
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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Seemingly in doghouse
FSan Antonio Spurs
February 26, 2024
Johnson was benched following four minutes of action in Sunday's loss to Utah after fouling Lauri Markkanen on a three-point attempt, representing a climactic moment amid Johnson's season-long dwindling role.
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Johnson is averaging just 23.8 minutes per game across nine February contests, which marks his third consecutive month of a declining minute share. The 24-year-old has not logged a start since Dec. 21 against Chicago, and he has averaged just 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists on 43.2 percent shooting from the field, including 31.1 percent shooting from deep, across 28 contests since. Johnson's three-point shooting experienced a spike to 39.8 percent in the 2021-22 season, but he has failed to exceed a 33.3 percent clip across the past two campaigns. San Antonio is 3.0 points worse defensively per 100 possessions with Johnson on the court this season, although given the Spurs' overall dearth of talent and Johnson's two ensuing years of guaranteed salary, he can be considered a bounce-back candidate down the stretch.
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The Spurs undertook the first stage of a rebuild last season after losing DeMar DeRozan to the Bulls. Dejounte Murray was the clear leader of the team, but Johnson also proved to be one of his top running mates. He stepped up his production, averaging 17.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 three-pointers across 32 minutes per game. While his 21.3 percent usage rate was the highest of his career, it was still a fairly modest mark. The main reason for his spike in points per game was that he shot 39.8 percent from behind the arc on 5.3 attempts per game. The season prior, he shot 33.1 percent on 2.6 attempts per game. This offseason saw Murray get dealt to the Hawks, further thrusting the Spurs into their rebuild. They have not added any significant veterans, so Johnson has a chance to lead the team in usage rate. If he can maintain his efficiency from behind the arc with an increased workload, he could become extremely valuable. There is some risk that comes with drafting him, though, as the Spurs could be one of the teams that sit some of their better players down the stretch of the season to improve their chances of obtaining the top pick in the 2023 Draft.
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.
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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Out for season finale Sunday
FSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
April 13, 2024
Johnson (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Pistons, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Won't play Friday
FSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
April 11, 2024
Johnson (foot) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Remains out Wednesday
FSan Antonio Spurs
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April 10, 2024
Johnson (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's matchup against the Thunder.
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Unavailable for Tuesday
FSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
April 8, 2024
Johnson (foot) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Memphis.
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Leaves early Sunday
FSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
April 7, 2024
Johnson has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the 76ers after he appeared to injure his left foot in the fourth quarter, Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports. He finished with seven points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.
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