The NBA Draft is here and we are going to take a look at the teams that we feel are the best fits and possibilities for Nick Johnson, along with a final prediction.
Boston Celtics: The Celtics do not have a second round pick, but are said to be aggressive in trying to get one. This makes sense for a numerous reasons and isn't limited to the fact that it would be a legacy pick. The Celtics needs guards, especially if they trade Rondo and lose Avery Bradley to free agency. Johnson would be a popular player in Boston and he has worked out for the Celtics twice.
Philadelphia 76ers: Johnson is not an outstanding shooter, but he would at least be able to help spread the floor a bit. The 76ers could address the lack of shooters with its lottery pick, choose to wait, or even use two picks on it. Johnson would be allowed to develop a bit here while also being good enough to address some team weaknesses.
Washington Wizards: The Wizards only have one pick and the guess here is that it is going to look at landing a player it can develop into an eventual contributor. Washington does not have many good athletes and Johnson would obviously be an upgrade there. He fits in well with the overall personality of the franchise and may be the best fit in the draft for Johnson.
Phoenix Suns: The Suns are pretty much guaranteed to draft an athletic guard and there are rumors of them targeting a guy like Zach LaVine or Gary Harris. The Suns have enough picks to address numerous needs and Johnson would be able to add some guard depth. In addition, the Suns would be adding a solid defensive player that would be happy to stay in-state and draw more fans.
Minnesota Timberwolves: This is another potential landing spot for Zach Lavine, but the Timberwolves also have enough picks to choose multiple guards. Johnson has worked out for the Timberwolves and supposedly did well. He is not going to be able to play the point, but Minnesota may not have an issue with that and has worked out numerous undersized guards.
It would not shock us if Johnson goes undrafted, but we are guessing he gets in to the middle of the second round. The Wizards and Timberwolves seem to make the most sense to us right now only because of needs and simple draft position. We will go ahead and predict that Johnson winds up in Minnesota, but nothing would really be a surprise.