The Phoenix Suns were first met with questions when they selected forward Cameron Johnson in 2019. 
Yet since then, Johnson has proved himself worthy of a contract extension and will likely find himself as a starter this year in Phoenix. 
Initially picked at No. 11 in the 2019 NBA Draft, B/R's re-draft has Johnson going at No. 9 with the following explanation:
"Three years after mild outcry over Cameron Johnson going 11th in the original draft, he now finds himself two spots closer to the top.
"The 26-year-old is closer to his prime than a lot of his peers. But even if he doesn't have much more developmental runway, he's proved to be a high-end floor spacer and solid positional defender.
"Johnson has played 4,422 regular-season minutes, averaged 2.1 threes per game and posted a 57.0 effective field-goal percentage throughout his career. Only seven players have matched or exceeded all three marks over the same span.
"Johnson's size (6'8½" with a 6'10" wingspan) makes him an easy plug-and-play option for switch-heavy defensive schemes, too."
Johnson was picked one spot ahead of Matisse Thybulle and fell just behind Keldon Johnson in B/R's article. 
Even as a sixth man, Johnson's impact undoubtedly played a role in helping Phoenix reach the heights they've hit in the last two seasons. The Suns are hoping for more in a expanded role heading into 2022-23. 
For those curious, the top three order of the re-draft went Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Darius Garland. 


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