Daniel Johnson has been a developing centre within the NBL since the 2009/2010 season. Over that time we have seen him reaching some of the unbelievable potential he holds within himself. We’ve seen him go from a development player with the Melbourne Tigers to the starting centre this season with the Adelaide 36ers.
Standing at 212cm and a natural at the centre position, Johnson possesses a soft touch around the basket and a mid-range jumper that is always improving. His soft touch around the basket and his soft jumper could also allow for him to be used as a power forward, meaning the 36ers could opt to play two big men at a time.
During 2007/2008 Johnson use involved with Pepperdine University, a US College team where he also had the starting centre position. During his 20 odd games for Pepperdine, Johnson averaged 9.4pts, 3.8rbds and 0.6blks per game.
In his first season in the NBL, as the Tigers development player and seeing limited court time, he averaged 2.7pts and 1.9rbds. In his second season in the league, his first with the 36ers, his averages jumped to 10.6pts and 4.3rbds, while in 2011 his scoring dropped back below 10ppg.
This year Johnson has shown glimpses of what he is capable of, especially against the Perth Wildcats on the 28th October –
Against Perth Wildcats -22pts, 6rbds, 2asts, 1stl and 1blk – including shooting an incredible 75% from the field, a number of which came from mid-range and hit nothing but net!
For his efforts against the Wildcats, Johnson was awarded the NBL Player of the Week for Round 4, an accolade that had not been seen by a member of the 36ers since
Johnson will continue to grow and will hopefully become one of the best big men in the league, he is currently well on his way and if his form continues he may find himself closer to that goal than anyone thinks.
Daniel Johnson – the spotlight is on you!