With the draft about a month away, the Sixers’ interest in Johnson seems genuine. Per Keith Pompey of Philly.com, Sixers general manager Elton Brand met with Johnson this past week at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.
The NBA draft is set for June 20, and it will be held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Though he’s older than most of the first round prospects, Johnson is one of the best shooters in the draft. He shot 45.7 percent from the 3-point line last season, and he shot 50.6 percent from the field. Johnson also led the Tar Heels in points per game (16.9), and he averaged 5.8 rebounds per game.
Johnson, who is from Moon Township, Pennsylvania, played his first three years of college at the University of Pittsburgh. He joined UNC as a graduate transfer before the 2017-18 regular season, playing the last two seasons of his eligibility with the Tar Heels.
The Sixers need more length on both ends of the floor, and Johnson could provide that. He was listed as 6-foot-8 at the combine, and he has a 6-foot-10 wingspan.
If the Sixers draft him in June, then his shooting ability on top of his length should provide Philly with more flexible wing depth.