Kings recalls BJ Johnson from Lakeland Magic
Lakeland lost its Eastern Conference final 108-106 to the Long Island Nets on Tuesday – freeing up Johnson for the last bit of NBA regular season.
The 23-year-old rookie dropped 22 points and 11 rebounds on 8-of-15 shooting in his final G League clash of the year. He served as a key member of a quartet including himself, Gabe York, Amile Jefferson and Troy Caupain who all managed to score in double-digits.
Johnson has only appeared in six NBA games thus far in his first season – all of which being with the Atlanta Hawks on two 10-day contracts. He averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds, on 50% shooting from the field and 3-point range.
Johnson played in 39 games for Lakeland this year – posting averages of 15.4 points while shooting 47.7% from the field and 44.4% from the perimeter. He has also hauled in 5.1 rebounds per game and averaged 29.8 minutes per contest.
The Sacramento Kings have been eliminated from NBA playoff contention with five games remaining this season, so it’s likely Johnson’s arrival is simply mere experimentation within the league’s youngest roster.
BJ Johnson went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but earned NBA opportunities by performing well at the beginning of the 2018-19 campaign.