Amir Johnson Draft Capsule

VITALS: 6-9, 210, Westchester HS (California)

OVERVIEW: Named 2005 Mr. Basketball in California, averaging 21 points, 15 rebounds and 8.0 blocks. He led Westchester to a state championship and a top-five national ranking as a senior. Johnson, who was ineligible as a freshman and didn’t play as a junior, originally committed to Louisville.

LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Second round.

COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Stromile Swift

COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Roy Rogers

ROLE PROJECTION: Athletic forward.

POSITIVES: Johnson is the prototype long, agile, athletic forward who seems to populate the NBA these days. Johnson runs the court like a small forward, yet has the size to eventually play power forward. He plays within himself on offense, meaning he doesn’t venture past his comfortable shooting range of about 15 feet.

SHORTCOMINGS: Johnson would probably dominate in the college ranks right now but is a long way from finding a position at the NBA level. He doesn’t have the game savvy to defend against tricky NBA small forwards and lacks the bulk to bang down low against bigger bodies. He may find a seat on an NBA bench or a ticket to the NBDL.


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Updated Tuesday, Jun 28, 2005