In the 2019 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Cameron Johnson with the 11th overall pick. Johnson will be joining fifth-year guard Devin Booker in help leading the Suns to an NBA championship. Phoenix has never won an NBA Finals, losing in both of their appearances. Their last NBA Finals appearance came in the 1992-1993 season, with their last conference finals appearance in the 2009-2010 season. Since then, the Suns have missed the playoffs nine years in a row.
Johnson is the first pick by James Jones since he took over as the permanent general manager for the Suns. In Jones’ first draft, the Suns acquired the 11th overall pick by shipping the sixth overall pick to Minnesota for the 11th and Dario Saric. Jones also sent the 32nd pick and TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers for cash.
Johnson will also be playing for Monty Williams. This will be Williams first season as the Suns’ head coach. He was previously the head coach for New Orleans from 2010-2015. In that time Williams went 173-221 with two playoff appearances, losing in the first round both times.
Johnson averaged 14.7 points, 2.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds at the University of North Carolina for two years. Johnson also played three years at the University of Pittsburgh. Johnson is a wing player and is considered the best shooter in this year’s draft.
Johnson will join the following picks to come out the 11th spot: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in 2018, Malik Monk in 2017, Domantas Sabonis in 2016, Myles Turner in 2015, Doug McDermott in 2014, Michael Carter-Williams in 2013, Meyers Leonard in 2012, and Klay Thompson in 2011.