Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
On a team as loaded as the Kentucky Wildcats were, especially in the front court, it is difficult to get a lot of shine. But don’t let that allow you to overlook big man Dakari Johnson, who could have a long NBA career as a solid center off the bench who knows his role.
Johnson is a legit seven-footer who can get some buckets down low when necessary, is a good rebounder, and can change some shots just from being around the rim. He is a physical presence down low who has no delusions of running around on the perimeter.
He isn’t a great athlete, and his rim protection skills could be better, but he does have a decent knowledge of where to be on the defensive end. He also remains a little unpolished with some of his offensive moves and could stand to get in better shape, but that is something that can be solved by the time he gets into training camp.
Lakers fans have been asking why Robert Sacre has been on the team for a couple of years now. Someone like Johnson could give the Lakers exactly what fans were hoping they could get from Sacre, a rotation big to patrol the paint, grab some rebounds and get easy buckets when necessary.[divide]
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