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Johnson gets off to hot start with Spurs as NBA play begins / December 30, 2020

The San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson is off to a great start this season, posting quality numbers in the team’s first three outings.

The Spurs are 2-1 on the young NBA season. Their next game is tonight at 8:30 p.m. versus the Lakers.

In the Spurs’ 98-95 loss on Sunday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, Johnson posted 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. San Antonio was down by as many as 14 during the third period, yet came back to take a lead in the fourth, 85-83. The Spurs would turn over the ball on the last possession of the game to seal the loss.

Johnson’s other two games against Toronto and Memphis have been just as impressive.

In the season opener, which Johnson started in, the Spurs defeated Memphis 131-119. Johnson played 32 minutes and scored 16 points. He added five rebounds and three assists in the win.

The day after Christmas in a 119-114 win over the Toronto Raptors, Johnson knocked down 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.

In Johnson’s rookie season, the first half, pre-COVID-19, saw him putting in appearances with the G-League Austin Spurs as well as with San Antonio. Post COVID-19 play in the NBA’s Orlando Bubble, Johnson played exclusively with San Antonio.

While in the bubble, Johnson averaged 14.1 points and five rebounds per game in approximately 22 minutes per outing. He also had 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals and was good on 1.4 three pointers.

Writing for The Ringer, NBA correspondence Kevin O’Conner raved about Johnson’s play in his second season: “Few things have given me more joy so far this season than watching Spurs second-year wing Keldon Johnson hurl his body into the paint. Sometimes he scores. Sometimes he gets swatted. Sometimes the referees should have blown the whistle. But every time, it’s entertaining … These new-look Spurs are fun. Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV, and Devin Vassell make up an exciting trio of young wings. We’ve got DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge jacking threes now, too. The Spurs are adapting to the times and developing their kids, all while competing.”

Johnson attended Park View High School before transferring to Oak Hill Academy for his junior and senior seasons.

Johnson was recruited by the University of Kentucky and played one season before being drafted 29th overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

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