Keldon Johnson says it's an 'honor' to play for the Spurs

photo: Panini of America, K. Johnson

San Antonio Spurs rookie Keldon Johnson is just weeks away from his first NBA season and is letting all know, he is eager to showcase why the Spurs selected him in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Johnson, along with other NBA rookies including fellow Spurs rookies Luke Samanic and Quinndary Weatherspoon, participated in the 2019 Panini NBA rookie photo shoot.

There, he received his first NBA trading card but more importantly, Johnson noted he is thrilled to be wearing the Spurs team colors.

"It's an honor. A pleasure," said Johnson. "I am blessed to be able to play for the Spurs and wear this jersey on my chest."

Selected 29th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, Johnson showed flashes of what he can provide the Spurs on the court during the 2019 NBA Summer League.

At Las Vegas, he posted 9.3 points, and 3.7 rebounds in three games played and in Salt Lake, he recorded 16.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games played. This included a 29 point outburst at Salt Lake versus the Grizzlies.

"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.

Johnson will likely see his first steps into the NBA in the G League.

As most rookies who come through San Antonio, Johnson will see most of his rookie season playing for the Austin Spurs. There, he'll learn the Spurs' system, adjust his game to the NBA, and get valuable minutes on the court instead of spending an entire NBA season stuck on the bench.

Johnson will likely get the occasional call-up from San Antonio next season, but taking the slow and steady path to becoming a contributor in San Antonio will be ahead of him. Much like other rookies who have been through the Spurs' development system such as Derrick White and Dejounte Murray.

"I come in with an open mind and I'm ready," Johnson said.