No. 47: David Johnson, PG, Louisville
Johnson averaged 12.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists during his final season under Chris Mack. The Cardinals finally gave Johnson the keys to the car this season, and he took advantage in the most emphatic way possible, showing off his skills on the offensive side of the ball.
Johnson’s excellent straight-line speed makes him an elite athlete for someone with his measurables. Johnson plays like he is every bit of 6-5 and 210 pounds, as he is adept at getting to the rim, drawing fouls, and finishing through contact with ease. His performances against teams like Virginia, Duke, and Kentucky deserve attention.
Oh, and he shoots 38% from the 3-point line.
David Johnson could be a long-term backup for the Toronto Raptors.
Johnson will need to improve his defense, specifically how he moves laterally. His second-most important goal should be trying to create more offense for himself, especially in the midrange. Despite his success at the rim, he shot just 42% on 2-point attempts last year.
Players like Sharife Cooper and Brandon Boston Jr. may have been on the board, but it was a minor surprise that Johnson lasted as long as he did. If everything goes as planned, the Raptors will have drafted someone who can make a contribution on this roster as soon as his rookie year while eventually becoming a high-level backup for years.