One of the most athletic prospects in the NBA Draft, AJ Johnson has the tools to be a dynamic guard at the next level.

20 Jun
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NBL Media looks at the Next Stars who could land in the NBA via the Draft in late June. 

Name: AJ Johnson
Position: G
Height: 6'6
Weight: 76 kg
Age: 19
Born: USA

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A shifty guard whose athleticism, potential and recent performance at the draft combine will make NBA teams intrigued.

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The high-flying Hawks Next Star possesses many of the physical traits of Portland Trail Blazers star Anfernee Simons. If Johnson is to fulfil his potential at the next level, his ability to get to the basket and shoot from the outside provides a similar offensive profile to Simons. 

Getty Images 1986886816 2Anfernee Simons.

Draft Profile Headers What the Experts Say

Likely selection: Pick 25-35

Experts have the bouncy wing projected anywhere from the mid-first round to the late-first round in the upcoming NBA Draft. 

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Draft Profile Headers Season Insight

Averages: 2.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG
Season highlight: Round 10 vs Perth Wildcats - 8 PTS (3-8 FG), 3 REB, 2 AST, 1 BLK

Draft Profile Headers Draft Projection

Johnson’s quickness combined with his athleticism means he can get to the rim already at the professional level. A quality form on his jump shot is evident and his ability to consistently knock down shots will unlock the next level to his game.

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“Johnson is the guard with the highest upside in the draft and could sneak inside the first round with how well he played at the combine.” - Krysten Peek (Yahoo)

“Johnson’s ability to get to spots as a scorer in a fluid, on-balance manner is real. His jumper is mechanically sound, both off the catch and bounce … everything looks clean and pure enough to where Johnson should be a very high-level shooter down the road.” - Sam Vecenie (The Athletic)

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