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Keldon Johnson says it’s a honor to play for Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs recent draft pick Keldon Johnson hasn’t played an official NBA game yet for the team, but that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming about. Speaking to the media earlier this week, Johnson was also able to discuss what it means to play for a team like the Spurs, and he had nothing but good things to say.

“It’s an honor. A pleasure,” said Johnson (via News 4 San Antonio) during the 2019 Panini NBA rookie photoshoot this weekend. “I am blessed to be able to play for the Spurs and wear this jersey on my chest.”

Johnson was selected 29th overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and was seen as one of the more solid selections at the time. During his Summer League play, Johnson averaged 9.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in three games, with his biggest performance coming during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies where he scored 29 points,

According to Johnson, the biggest thrill of the NBA will be getting to come in and play under one of the most well-respected coaches in the NBA. “I just can’t wait to come in and learn and be able to grow under coach Pop (Gregg Popovich) and the rest of the staff and organization,” said Johnson.

As of now, it’s uncertain whether or not Johnson will immediately play for the NBA team or if he’ll be assigned to the team’s G League affiliate in Austin. While the rookie could be starting off his career in the NBA’s G League, it shouldn’t be too long before he’s contributing to the NBA team, and trying to help them once again return to the postseason.