2nd round, No. 47 overall
Banton and Johnson are large ball handlers selected by the Raptors with consecutive second-round picks, but that’s where the similarities end for the two rookies.
While Banton is a lottery ticket with a fairly low floor, Johnson is the opposite – a solid, albeit unspectacular, prospect expected to eventually fill a depth role. He’ll likely spend a good chunk of his rookie season in the G League, as he was signed to a two-way deal.
Best Case Scenario
While this may not be the most exciting type of draft prospect, there is something to be said for the value of solid contributors who know their role.
Johnson will present some match-up challenges with his 6-5 frame and should keep opposing defenses honest with a decent jumper. Toronto could use some depth in the backcourt, and Johnson may be ready to provide it due to his ball-handling and physicality.
Will David Johnson carve out a role with the Toronto Raptors?
Worst Case Scenario
Beyond a lack of elite skills, Johnson’s draft stock was impeded by a lack of clear position. While his court vision and play-making abilities would suggest the point, he proved somewhat slow and turnover-prone at Louisville, especially against quicker guards.
A switch to shooting guard, however, would bring questions regarding his ability to create his own shot. Is he actually a rotation player? Or will the “tweener” label that weighed on his draft stock like an anchor come back to haunt him as he tries to stick in the pros?