Nets’ Cam Johnson predicted to be top-20 wing for next season

Brooklyn Nets forward Cam Johnson has had an eventful summer as not only is the Nets fanbase excited about what he can be next season, but he also signed a lucrative multi-year contract. As it stands, Johnson is getting some heavy praise going into the 2023-24 campaign.

Johnson, 27, is predicted to be a top-20 wing next season by Bleacher Report in its recent article ranking the players that they expect to be in the top-30 by the time next season ends. For the purpose of this writing, a “wing” is to refer to a player who spends most of his time on the court as a SF (small-forward) or PF (power forward).

B/R lists Johnson’s primary position as PF and while he can play both forward positions, Johnson is on the perimeter either way because of his ability to shoot and handle the basketball. This ranking may be a bit conservative considering that in 25 games with Brooklyn, Johnson averaged 16.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2,1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46.8% from the field and 37.2% from three-point land.

Here’s why B/R ranks Johnson where they do on their list:

Cameron Johnson has been above average in Dunks and Threes’ defensive estimated plus-minus in each of the last three seasons, peaking at the 96th percentile in 2022-23. He’s not the quickest defender in the league, but his size (6’8″ with a 6’10” wingspan) and the ability to get to the right spots before he has to make him a plus on that end.

And when you add that to his career average of 2.2 threes (in just 25.0 minutes) and 39.3 three-point percentage, it’s easy to see Johnson as one of the better three-and-D forwards in basketball.”

Story originally appeared on Nets Wire