By selecting Victor Wembanyama with the first overall choice in the 2023 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs may be said to have won the offseason even though they didn’t make any significant deals or free agency signings. Wembanyama has so far seemed to be the generational talent the Spurs thought they were receiving during the summer.
However, adding other quality players will be necessary to create a championship contender around Wembanyama. In Keldon Johnson, the Spurs see one of those guys. Wembanyama is scheduled to make his Spurs preseason debut after battling a hamstring ailment, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News. Johnson has previously said that he has Wembanyama’s support.
The Spurs initially picked Keldon Johnson with the 29th overall choice in the 2019 NBA Draft. He will be starting his sixth season in the NBA and has become better each year he has played. He could develop into a player who is on the verge of becoming an All-Star while jogging with Wembanyama.
Johnson had a great year only last year. At a little under 33 minutes per game, he began each of the 63 games he participated in. He shot 45.2 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from outside the arc, and 74.9 percent from the free throw line, averaging a career-high 22.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Johnson’s second NBA season has seen him establish himself in the Spurs’ starting lineup. He still has another level in his game that he may achieve even at the young age of 23.