Johnson was the 29th pick for the 2019 draft. As a former first-round pick entering his fourth season, he was eligible to extend the junior range, and signed a lucrative deal to stay with San Antonio.
Johnson spent most of the junior season in the G League, but emerged as a potential building block while the team ran into the Orlando bubble. He started putting things together well during his second season in 2020/21, showing glimpses of the upside while averaging 12.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 1.8 APG over .479/ .331/ .740 in 69 games (28.5 mpg). ).
The 22-year-old was one of San Antonio’s best players last season, appearing in 75 games (31.9 mpg) averaging 17.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 2.1 APG over .466/.398/.756. Nicknamed the “Big Body” due to his sturdy chassis and hard drives on the edge, Johnson showed an improvement as an outboard throw in 21/22, with his triple percentage increase nearly seven percent.
For comparison’s sake, Johnson’s extension falls between what two other junior strikers have earned for junior extensions: OG Anunoby She earned $72 million over four years from the Raptors in 2020 (last year it was a player option), while Michael Bridges He earned $90 million over four years from Suns last summer. Johnson wasn’t the defender either of those two had over the third season, but he was a more productive offensive player – partly because of the chances, but he’s still a talented player with plenty of room for improvement.
Johnson’s extension will begin during the 23/24 season. as ours tracker accessory It appears that the first player to receive an extension to the junior scale is not a bargain with a maximum salary.
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