The Houston Rockets selected Nick Johnson with the #42 in the NBA draft.
The 6’3″, 198 lbs guard who was named Pac-12 Player of the Year from Arizona scored in double figures in 35 of the 38 games, last season. He averaged 16.3 ppg as well as 4.1 rpg. Johnson is an excellent defender but an undersized shooting guard. Nick Johnson was the most consistent player on the Arizona Wildcats last year. He has the ability to spread the floor as he shot 37% from behind the arc. Nick Johnson was a consensus First-Team All American which adds to his list of lengthy awards.
Nick Johnson is a phenomenal athlete with excellent explosiveness. He is an elite competitor especially on the defensive end and was named to the First-Team All Defensive team.
Nick Johnson will have to compete for a spot on the Houston Rocket’s roster. His ability to hit open shots would be a key asset to the Rockets.
NBA experts credit Johnson for his catch and shoot ability as well as his tenacity on the defensive end.
I believe this was a good pick for the Houston rockets as Johnson can fill in for Francisco Garcia. Being a second round pick, Nick Johnson’s contract will do little to no damage to the Rockets’ salary cap, which sticks to the plan of adding a third star.
The Rockets are most likely done with this year’s draft but they may still look to move players around in order to create more salary cap space.