Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Keon Johnson
Pro Comparison: Keldon Johnson
Scouting Report: Explosive and quick, Johnson puts pressure on the rim and opposing ball-handlers defensively. His athleticism is ahead of his skill level, but flashes of slashing, post scoring and secondary playmaking create some optimism about his potential to keep developing.
Paul George, SG: $44.1M (2025)
Kawhi Leonard, SF: $36M (Player option)
Marcus Morris Sr., SF: $16M (2024)
Luke Kennard, SG: $13.8M (2025)
Patrick Beverley, PG: $13.3M (2022)
Serge Ibaka, C: $9.7M (Player option)
Rajon Rondo, PG: $7.5M (2022)
Ivica Zubac, C: $7M (2023)
Keon Johnson, SG/SF: $2.1M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)
Terance Mann, SG: $1.4M (2023)
Daniel Oturu, C: $1.2M (2022)
Yogi Ferrell, PG: $1.1M (2022)
Jason Preston, PG (No. 33 overall pick)
Brandon Boston Jr., F (No. 51 overall pick)
Patrick Patterson, PF: UFA
Nicolas Batum, SF: UFA
Reggie Jackson, PG: UFA
DeMarcus Cousins, C: UFA
Amir Coffey, SG: RFA
The former 5-star recruit had a slow start to his college career, scoring in single digits in 10 of his first 15 games as a freshman. He showed his upside down the stretch with averages of 14.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in his last 15 appearances, including three 20-point games.
The 19-year-old remains a work-in-progress, shooting just 27.1 percent from three-point range last season, but he showed flashes of upside with his ability to attack the rim.
Johnson's work rate on the defensive end will also ensure he at least makes some impact at the next level.
He leads a three-player Clipper draft class that includes Ohio guard Jason Preston (No. 33) and Kentucky forward Brandon Boston Jr. (No. 51).