2016 NBA Draft: Brice Johnson scouting report
Brice Johnson 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Brice Johnson scouting report
Brice Johnson improved every season at North Carolina, and exits as a senior averaging 17.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. However, because of his attributes, his level of success could hinge on the situation he’s drafted into.
Click through the slides for Johnson's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Johnson pairs his elite athleticism with good hand-eye coordination as a tremendous finisher near the rim. He easily finishes lob dunks through defenders, but he’s also capable of using touch off the glass. He’s similarly effective on the low block, making him more than a one-dimensional rim running big man.
Johnson’s defensive potential doesn’t come in his shot blocking ability, but in his quickness. He has the potential to switch onto guards and recover swiftly in the pick-and-roll. The cherry on top is Johnson’s rebounding ability. He has a nose for the ball and strong hands to rip down -- and hold on -- to boards.
Johnson shot almost 80 percent from the free throw line last season and he flashed a mid-range jumper. But he hasn’t shown he can hit from deep mid-range or from three, so there is no guarantee he ever extends his range. If he does, then it’ll add a new element to his offense.
He doesn’t have the ideal strength to battle inside on either end of the floor. With his lean frame, Johnson will be best utilized in small ball lineups. More importantly, Johnson will need to have a consistent mindset on the floor. He tends to have stretches where he goes through the motions. Teams will have to do intense background research to find out the source of his focus issues.
Brad Stevens has said countless times he loves offenses that have a rim running big, which is a role Johnson should play in the NBA. Johnson is similar to Jordan Mickey, but it wouldn’t hurt to add him to the developmental racetrack.
Johnson will likely be a mid-to-late first round pick, so the Celtics should have a few shots at him at No. 16 or No. 23. With five second rounders, they could also consolidate their picks to add another first.
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