Tyler Herro has taken the NBA Summer League by storm as he is averaging almost 20 points per game. While Herro deserves all of the spotlight, he isn’t the only former Wildcat enjoying a good Summer league.
Former teammate Keldon Johnson is also enjoying a very positive Summer League for the Spurs. His averages won’t particularly blow anyone away (10 ppg, 4 rbg in 25 minutes per game), but he has made a good first impression thus far. It’s hard to average more points per game than that when teammate Lonnie Walker IV is literally leading the Summer League in points. However, Johnson’s performance against the Charlotte Hornets is what really caught everyone’s attention.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) July 7, 2019
Asked Spurs Summer League coach Becky Hammon what she’s learned about 29th pick Keldon Johnson. She says his competitive fire is eye-opening. Wants to win every drill.
“He could be the steal of the draft.”
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 7, 2019
Keldon Johnson with some outstanding defensive work. Totally shuts down Dwayne Bacon pic.twitter.com/KNnMbEbzi0
— Gabe (@AllDaySportTalk) July 7, 2019
It seems apparent that he has already found his role on the team as a competitive defender who can also slash his way to the rim. It’s certainly not a one-to-one comparison, but I can see Johnson carving out a role in the league similar to how Tayshaun Prince did. Both are good defenders who can hit 3’s and slash to the rim. I think that might be Johnson’s ceiling, but its great to see him with such a good organization.
Not to be outdone, however, is Jarred Vanderbilt. Through four games, Vanderbilt is averaging a double-double (11.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg) in just 26 minutes per game. He is actually tied for the lead in rebounds in the entire Summer League. We always knew that he was a ferocious rebounder and athlete. The big question with Vanderbilt has always been his health. It finally appears that he is back to being 100%.
Jarred Vanderbilt also played well getting a double-double (12/12)
– Best Rebounder on the court
– Forced chaos in half court defense
– Ran well in transition
– Moved well without the ball
– Had great spacing on both ends
– Scored off the dribble really easily pic.twitter.com/XODBASv2Ri
— Alpha (@TweetsFromAlpha) July 10, 2019
20 pts (8-15 FG) (4-5 FT)
31 minutes pic.twitter.com/vnwYnpPucR
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) July 11, 2019
Denver may have a huge steal on their hands. The Nuggets are considered to be on of the four best teams in the west in 2019 so who really knows just how much playing time Vanderbilt will earn. However, if he can stay healthy and keep playing that hard, he will be a rotational player for one of the best teams in the league in just his second season. We didn’t get to see a lot of him at Kentucky, but Vanderbilt already has a great future ahead of him.