Something something that Drake song about going back-to-back. The Raptors picked again in the second round, and with the 47th pick, Toronto has added 6’5” Louisville guard David Johnson to its draft night haul.
Johnson played two years with the Cardinals, averaging 12.6 / 5.8 / 3.2 on 38.6 shooting from deep in his sophomore season this year. Johnson was ranked 38th on Kevin O’Connor’s big board over at The Ringer. If he hits, which of course is an uncertain proposition whenever you’re talking about guys taken in the 40s, he profiles as a defensive-minded wing with a bit of offensive juice. Per O’Connor, he’s a “hard-nosed defensive guard with playmaking skills who could blossom at the next level if his jump shot improves.”
Even if second-rounders are a hit-or-miss proposition, the Raptors are primed to bring an exciting roster to Summer League, and their development pipeline is now amply re-stocked after a handful of late picks and undrafted free agents failed to pan out for a bunch of different reasons over the last couple years.
Also, in case you were not clear before, the selections of Scottie Barnes, Dalano Banton and David Johnson prove that the Raptors front office is very horny for defense.
Now everyone go to bed.