Cameron Johnson reminds me of Robert Covington

Andrew Porter
June 20, 2019 - 8:39 am

The Sixers own five picks in the 2019 NBA Draft: picks Nos. 24, 33, 34, 42, and 54.

The Sixers haven't waited this long—24th overall—to make a first-round selection since 2005. The good news is it means the Sixers have finally arrived. The bad news is, it's nearly impossible to hone in on who they will take with so many options and 23 players to be selected before they go on the clock. 

Related: 5 players the Sixers could take with 24th pick

And while many names have been linked to the Sixers, the one that keeps popping up is North Carolina wing Cameron Johnson. According to 94WIP's Jon Johnson, Johnson is a "primary target" for Elton Brand and the Sixers. 

Johnson would fit beautifully for the Sixers. The 23-year-old, 6-9 wing spent two seasons at Pitt after red shirting as a freshman, before transferring to North Carolina. The Moon Township, PA native has 90 NCAA starts under his belt, 56 with the Tar Heels. Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals on 50.6 FG% / 45.7 3FG% / 81.8 FT% in 36 starts last season as a senior. To further highlight his ability to shoot the basketball, Johnson made 96 of 210 three's last season (2.7 / 5.8 3PA) and had a true shooting percentage of 64.8%. The first line on his NBA Draftnet page is, "Lights out shooter."

Defensively, Johnson is solid as well. The knock on him seems to be his age, 23, as a red shirt senior being a first-round pick. That's a red flag in today's day and age. His athleticism, aggressiveness, and ability to create and get to the rim is underwhelming as well.

To me, the Sixers need an experienced, winning player who can come in and impact the roster right away, something Brand has already admitted. 

Johnson, who understandably isn't a dynamic athletic, projects to be a solid NBA three-and-D player. He reminds me a lot of Robert Covington coming out of Tennessee State. In their respective scouting reports, both Johnson and Covington were talked about as skilled offensive players, excellent shooters, capable defenders, below-average athletes who need to put on weight, and bad finishers at the rim. 

After four years at Tennesee State, Cov went undrafted before landing on the Sixers in 2014 where he made a name for himself. Now, he's an All-NBA defensive player and a reliable three-and-D starter for the Timberwolves.