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School: UC Santa Barbara
Position: Shooting guard
Vitals: 6'5", 205 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists
I'm not even going to attempt to hide it. I absolutely loved Orlando Johnson's offensive game.
If you see that he went to UC Santa Barbara and question his ability to produce against top-tier competition, think again. During the Gauchos' non-conference games against San Diego State, Washington, BYU, Cal and UNLV, Johnson managed to up his game and average 23.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Johnson has Kobe Bryant-level confidence in his ability to hoist up shots at any time and oftentimes suffers from poor shot selection. But when he's on, he's on. His ball-handling and long-distance shooting improved during his senior year as he developed into more of a complete offensive player and not just a potent spot-up shooter.
While all of this might seem impressive, it does need to be taken with a grain of salt because it may not translate to the next level, which is why you may have noticed that I wrote, "I absolutely loved..." in the past tense back in the opening paragraph of this slide.
Although he rarely turns the ball over, keeping in mind how heavily he's used, his upside is limited by his lack of quickness. It's going to be a constant struggle for this shooting guard to create his own shot at the next level, and NBA players recover to guard spot-up shots much more effectively than collegiate ones do.
That same lack of quickness is also going to make Johnson into a defensive liability, as his 7'0" wingspan simply won't be enough to help out when opposing guards blow around him and into the weak parts of the defense.
Johnson should have a niche as a second-unit scorer, but he lacks the upside necessary to push him any higher than the early portion of the second round in the 2012 NBA draft.