Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In a surprising move, the Suns selected Johnson -- a strong, versatile shooter -- with the 11th pick in the 2019 Draft. The North Carolina product and ACC All-First Team selection, who was thought of to be a mid-to-late first-round target, reportedly impressed teams in pre-draft workouts and will join a Suns franchise in desperate need of three-point shooting. Johnson, a 23-year-old fifth-year senior, averaged 16.9 points per game while shooting better than 45 percent from three for the Tar Heels last season. At 6-foot-9 with excellent shooting touch, Johnson may be able to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward at the NBA level. So although he's not expected to start for Phoenix, there's still a pathway to significant minutes. As a fantasy player, he should provide great value as a three-point shooter and overall efficient scorer, though it seems unlikely he'll contribute much elsewhere. Johnson does have rebounding and steal upside given his length, but he wasn't a big contributor during college in either of those categories. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.27 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Johnson was born in 1996 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He comes from a basketball family, as his mother Amy scored over 1,000 points at Kent State. His father Gilbert played at Pittsburgh from 1988-90 -- the same school Johnson initially attended before transferring to North Carolina. Johnson also has three brothers -- Aaron, Donovan and Braylon -- and Aaron played college basketball at Clarion. Johnson started his high school career at Moon Area High School, playing two years there before transferring to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. He was second-team all-state after averaging 27.8 points per game as a senior. Johnson was also a football player in high school. He went on to pursue a Masters degree in sports administration. Check Johnson out on Instagram (camjohnson23).

College/International Summary

Johnson had a five-year career in the ACC -- three with Pittsburgh and his last two with North Carolina. He acted as a reserve his freshman year with Pittsburgh before a knee injury cut his season short after just eight games. Johnson took advantage of a medical redshirt and was back in action for the Panthers next season, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds across 32 games (one start). He made the leap to full-time starter as a redshirt sophomore and put up 11.9 points on 51.0 percent shooting in 33 games. He was ranked No. 10 in the ACC that season with 78 three-pointers made. Johnson then elected to move to North Carolina as a graduate transfer, so he was able to avoid sitting out a season. He missed the season's first 11 games with a knee injury in his first year with the Tar Heels, but still appeared in 26 games (20 starts), averaging 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds. By his senior year, Johnson was one of the best players in college basketball. He averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists and was third in the ACC with 96 three-pointers made. North Carolina ended up falling to Auburn in the Sweet Sixteen that season, but Johnson took home first-team All-ACC honors.

Will play vs. Mavs
FPhoenix Suns
August 13, 2020
Johnson (knee) will play Thursday against the Mavericks, Gerald Bourguet of FanSided reports.
As expected, Johnson will take the court for the Suns' final -- and crucial -- seeding game despite left knee soreness. In the bubble, he's averaging 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.7 minutes.
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A rookie out of North Carolina, Johnson appeared in 49 games (one start) for the Suns prior to the suspension of the season on Mar. 11. He saw 20.3 minutes per contest and averaged 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while hitting 1.9 threes per game at a 39.7 percent clip. Johnson made his NBA debut on Oct. 26, scoring four points in a win over the Clippers. Johnson scored in double-figures for the first time on Oct. 30 in Golden State, when he finished with 12 points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Johnson scored in double-figures five times in a six-game span from Nov. 10 through Nov. 21. In that stretch, he averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.7 minutes per game. On Mar. 3 against Toronto, Johnson scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-13 three-point attempts. He also added four rebounds, two assists, a career-best three blocks and one steal. Against Denver on Dec. 23, Johnson finished with 11 points and a then-career-best seven rebounds. In his lone start before the restart (Feb. 10 at LAL), Johnson had eight points, four assists and three steals in 22 minutes. When the season resumed in Orlando, Johnson entered the starting lineup and helped lead Phoenix to a perfect 8-0 record during seeding play. Johnson scored in double-figures in six of those games, including an 18-point outing in a win over Oklahoma City on Aug. 10. He logged a pair of double-doubles in Orlando, highlighted by a 19-point, 12-rebound, four-assist effort in an Aug. 2 win over Dallas.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Dario Šaric to the Phoenix Suns for Jarrett Culver.
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Probable Thursday
FPhoenix Suns
August 12, 2020
Johnson is probable for Thursday's matchup against the Mavericks due to left patella tendinopathy.
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Scores 18 in win
FPhoenix Suns
August 10, 2020
Johnson totaled 18 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Monday's win over the Thunder.
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Another double-double Thursday
FPhoenix Suns
August 7, 2020
Johnson ended with 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Thursday's 114-99 victory over Indiana.
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Cools off in victory
FPhoenix Suns
August 5, 2020
Johnson tallied eight points (3-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 117-115 victory over the Clippers.
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Posts double-double
FPhoenix Suns
August 3, 2020
Johnson scored 19 points (6-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out four assists in 40 minutes during Sunday's 117-115 win over the Mavericks.
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