Loser: David Johnson
Johnson’s fate seemed ultimately confirmed when Jeff Dowtin earned the second of Toronto’s pair of two-way contracts. Following an injury-marred season, it looks like the Raptors aren’t going to give Johnson a second chance at making his mark in Toronto.
The Raptors officially have the maximum of 20 players in camp ready to duke it out. Johnson, much like Yuta Watanabe, was a victim of some changing winds around Toronto. After failing to take a substantial leap forward in Summer League play, Dowtin’s play made the decision even easier.
Juancho Hernangomez will push out David Johnson.
Johnson could eventually bring value to some team, but he is just not the right fit for the Raptors right now. With his shooting still a touch inefficiently and lacking lockdown defensive skills, Johnson needs time in the G League to hone his abilities.
The Raptors saw Johnson and Dowtin play side by side in Las Vegas, and Dowtin emerged the clear winner. Even if Hernangomez doesn’t make the roster, it all about ends the possibility of Johnson sneaking his way onto the team. Hopefully, he can catch on with another team in need of guards.