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Johnny Davis Scouting Report

Welcome to another Joey Barrett scouting report. I have been watching games and film all season and it is finally time to compile my thoughts into scouting reports, mock drafts, and more big boards. So far this draft cycle I have written five scouting reports, three big boards, and one mock draft which you can check out below.

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For my sixth scouting report, I’ll be doing one of the most misunderstood and underrated players in the draft… Johnny Davis!

To see my overall thoughts, read until the end.

My Big Board Ranking as of 5/23: 6

Draft Night Age: 20.31Height: 6’5.75Weight: 196 lbsWingspan: 6’8.5
PPG: 19.7RPG: 8.2APG: 2.1SPG: 1.2
BPG: 0.7FG%: 42.73P%: 30.6FT%: 79.1
Stats via Tankathon

Most Impressive Stats

According to CBBAnalytics Johnny Davis shot 71.7% around the hoop standing at just under 6’6

Johnny Davis is one of two prospects to average 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists a game (Orlando Robinson)

Strengths

  • Best two way player in all of college basketball, carried heavy load on both sides of the floor
  • Extremely tough shot maker
  • Cares on the defensive end of the floor
  • Can get to the hoop well
  • Finishes great around the room
  • 30% of his shots come from mid range, throwback type game
  • Thrives in the low post as a guard
  • Shot does not look broken, 30.6% from 3 should raise
  • The way he carried Wisconsin on both sides of the floor has to be taken in to account
  • Big moment player

Weaknesses

  • Not an elite athlete which may lower offensive production
  • Shot 30.6% from 3
  • Not a big dunker

Best Potential Fits: Trail Blazers, Pelicans, Cavaliers

Worst Potential Fits: Spurs, Knicks, Hornets, Kings (they will be on everybody’s list)

Shades Of: Brandon Roy, Devin Booker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart

Best Game: 1/3/22 @Purdue

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG3PTFTTO
371432213/242/59/123

Worst Game: 2/5/22 Vs Penn State

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG3PTFTTO
493122/130/20/01

Best 5 Games Stretch: 12/8/22-1/6/22 (vs Indiana, Nicholls, Illinois State @Ohio State, Purdue)

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG%3P%FT%TO
26.010.03.41.20.846.6%32.0%78.8%2.6

Overall Thoughts

At Wisconsin, Johnny Davis carried the teams offensive load while also guarding the opposing teams best guard or wing. On offense, Davis is going to have a much different role once he is in the league. In the NBA, Johnny Davis will most likely operate as a secondary or tertiary scorer. Davis is great finishing at the basket and has a mid-range/low post arsenal of moves that is straight out of the 2000’s. Johnny is not a great 3-point shooter yet shooting only 30.6% from beyond the arc but touch and a 79.1% free throw percentage indicate that the shooting may get better.

I would go as far to say that Johnny Davis put more heart and effort into the defensive end than anyone else in college basketball that is also a primary option on offense. Johnny Davis is not an incredible athlete but he is able to move his feet quick enough to stay in front of quick guards. Not only this but Davis is strong enough to guard big two’s and most threes. Rookies are not usually very good NBA defenders but Johnny Davis cares just enough that I believe he will be a plus defender in year one.

Without the three-point shot, many people sour on Johnny Davis’s game but I just can’t see why. At the beginning of his career, Davis will operate as a defensive wing but as his team gains trust in his offensive skills he will project as a good NBA scorer. I have faith in Davis’s jump shot but that is undoubtedly his swing skill. If his three-point shot develops I could see him making multiple All-star games but if he doesn’t he will be just a decent role player. I would feel comfortable taking Davis anywhere from the 5th pick on and I anticipate he will be a draft-day steal.

Career Projection: 2x All-Star, Career Starter, and Legitimate Contributor on Good Team

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