Cam Johnson’s injury is brutal news for the Phoenix Suns. The 26-year-old forward provides tremendous shooting and defense and will now be missed even more with Jae Crowder continuing to stay away from the team.
Now, Phoenix has a timetable for how long Johnson will be out after undergoing surgery, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN. “Suns forward Cam Johnson had surgery today that removed part of his meniscus, a procedure that should allow him to return in 1-2 months, sources told ESPN,” Windhorst writes.
Across the Suns’ first eight games of the 2022-23 season, Johnson has averaged 13.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from deep. Torrey Craig will start in his place moving forward.
Cam Johnson’s absence is unfortunate for the Suns, who are 7-3 but will struggle to keep up with opposing wings now that one of last year’s Sixth Man of the Year candidates is out for a prolonged period of time. The offense will miss out on key spacing, forcing Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton into tougher situations.
The Suns will also have to monitor Paul’s availability, too, as he left Phoenix’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers at halftime due to right heel soreness. The season is still very early but Phoenix is already being tested. Losing Johnson could force the Suns into finding a trade for Crowder quicker as they look to find someone who can provide something on the floor.