NBA Comparison: Marcus Banks
Strengths: A combo guard with excellent physical tools. His first step is electric, and he covers ground very quickly with top-notch speed and also displays superior strength on the court for a guard … An exceptional leaper. In terms of raw athleticism, he’sat or near the top of the class … Despite being given very little time at the point in Kansas so far, he has displayed capability in being able to distribute the ball well … He’s a very unselfish player, and has good floor vision … Defensively he shows the effort needed to succeed at the next level, and he clearly has the physical tools to excel. Johnson has a long wingspan and a depending on what position he plays at the next level, he could have solid size … He also displays a smooth jump shot, with nice mechanics. When he has the chance to get into the paint, he’s extremely effective there as a finisher …
Weaknesses: All of Johnson’s weaknesses seem to stem from the same problem: inconsistency … Defense certainly applies here, as off the ball he tends to lose man fairly easily … It continues with his shot, despite showing great form and actually being a pretty good outside shooter, Johnson had mediocre percentages last season. Along with shot selection, a huge indicator of why he shoots low percentages are the level of difficulty on the shots he takes (over 60% of his shot attempts were 3 pointers). While Johnson isn’t a high level ball-handler, it is downright ridiculous that a player with his athletic capabilities not only takes so many deep balls, but avoids the paint almost completely (1.2 FTA in over 30 mpg) … For such a supremely talented player, it’s disappointing that he is this raw at this stage of his career, especially when factoring that we don’t know whether he will end up being a PG or SG at the next level.
Overall: Johnson has the athletic capabilities to be a very effective NBA player, but his lack of understanding, offensive aggressiveness and consistency hold him back tremendously. These typically aren’t issues you see in seniors who play for such a prestigious program as KU. This year is going to be huge for him, as the reigns are his at the PG position and he needs to prove that he can shore up the issues of his to live up to his massive potential.
Sam Gallenberger 11/16/12