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Keldon Johnson is ready for NBA season to resume

Johnson is itching to get back on the court and end his rookie season on a high note.

San Antonio Spurs v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

As the NBA gets ready to restart here in a couple weeks, one former Wildcat has been gearing up through the hiatus to make his mark as the Spurs season resumes on July 31st against the Kings.

Keldon Johnson.

“He’s been locked in. I’ve seen his diet, his workout regiment and what he has been doing to get prepared for the season.” said Rauhl Patel of Johnson’s new agency, FSM, based out of San Antonio, per Fox San Antonio.

“That laser focus is there. He’s excited and ready to go. At a young age to have that type of ability to be able to compartmentalize and know what needs to be done and how to do it.” Patel also said.

Johnson slipped in last year’s draft down to the Spurs with the 29th pick.

Spending most of his time with the G-League squad based out of Austin, Johnson averaged 20.3 ppg , 5.6 rpg, and 2.8 apg on a pretty solid 53% FG percentage.

Johnson was actually gaining some traction of getting rotation minutes with the NBA squad before COVID shut down the season, averaging around 16.5 mpg in the last four games before the season suspended. In those four, he was averaging 7.0 ppg while also grabbing 2.7 rpg. He also posted a season high 13 points against the Nets in one of them.

The 6-5, 220-pound Johnson was known as a competitive strong wing coming into the draft and that’s exactly what he has been. His ability to space the floor, make the occasional three, and use his length and athleticism to attack the rim are just a few of the traits that are popping out to the Spurs staff.

Oh, and don’t forget his versatility on defense.

As the season hopefully kicks back up here in a few weeks, we will have to keep an eye out to see if Keldon continues to earn those rotation minutes on a team fighting for that 8th seed in the West.

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