2011 NBA Mock Draft: JaJuan Johnson Drops to the Spurs at No. 29
NBA Mock Draft 2011 Places JaJuan Johnson With the San Antonio Spurs at Pick No. 29
Johnson is a terrific athlete with off the charts leaping ability and outstanding body control. His offensive game is all around rim-rattling dunks and easy lay-ups because of his knack for running the floor so well. Johnson finds a lot of easy buckets in transition because of his motor that is constantly running.
The 6-10 Johnson has a silky touch around the paint as he shot just below 50 percent from the field. His 80 percent clip from the free throw line is encouraging for a 6-10 guy as well.
But Aran Smith of NBAdraft.net has his doubts about Johnson’s strength:
Weight appears to be a long term issue for him. He has not been able to put on significant weight in his time at Purdue … Wears an undershirt which appears to hide his lack of strength in his shoulders.
The 225-pound Johnson is a shaky pick because of his lack of bulk. He is going to get pushed around in the trenches and his rebounding totals will suffer because of it.
Good Fit or Bad Fit?
The Spurs are well aware that Tim Duncan is on his last legs and drafting his replacement should be a priority with this pick. Johnson has the size and athleticism to take his spot—but is missing the strength and jump-shot.
He has the ability to be a stout defender that would fit perfectly into the style of play the Spurs are so famous for playing.
The Spurs could do much worse than landing Johnson this late into the draft.
Chances of NBA Success: 35%
His athleticism is going to be enough to earn a first round pick, put scouts are terrified about his lack of bulk. Luckily it's an issue that can be fixed and it's up to Johnson to do it.
His jump shot still needs work and I'm not convinced he can score when defended one-on-one.
But in the end Johnson has enough athleticism and enough potential to believe he will be a starter in his league at some point in his career.
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