Cameron Johnson may miss the hour due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
The Phoenix Suns suffered a major blow in their last-second loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Cameron Johnson tore the meniscus in his right knee. It happened on a play where he planted his foot after landing awkwardly and tried to turn it down the court in the first quarter. It was immediately obvious that he was clearly reeling from series after series.
Head coach Monty Williams had this to say about Cameron Johnson:
He’s a starter for us, so that’s always a tough shot. That happens every season. You just have to adjust.”
Over the past two seasons, Johnson has progressed well. He played an important role in the depth of Phoenix. Johnson was a key contributor to their run to the NBA Finals a few seasons ago. This year, Cameron Johnson is averaging a career-high 13.0 points per game while shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point land. On top of that, he’s averaging a career-best offensive rating of 124 to go along with a true shooting percentage of 59.2 percent.
How do this season’s numbers compare to his career stats? It is worth noting that this year is still very young, so his numbers will change. Cameron Johnson’s career averages are 10.5 points and 39.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He also has a 118 offensive rating, and a career true shooting percentage of 59.5 percent.
While these numbers don’t scream “star player,” he’s still an important part of the Suns’ roster. This year is the first time he has seen significant time as a starter. The last few years of his young career have seen him come off the bench, giving Phoenix’s second unit valuable minutes. As a Chris Paul-like mentor, Cameron Johnson picked up a lot on the team. He has become an adult in a short time.
In last year’s playoffs, Johnson’s numbers were 10.8 points per game, 46.5 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from three-point land. In the year In the 2020 playoffs, he averaged 8.2 points per game, 50.0 percent shooting from the field, and 44.6 percent three-point shooting percentage. Considering all this, it is clear that Cameron Johnson is starting to enter the main position. However, the Suns are still in good hands, losing a young player who is starting to come into his own.
Phoenix is still in first place in the Western Conference. They currently hold a 7-2 winning record and have a strong trio of stars in Chris Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. Paul is still one of the best floor generals in the game and Devin Booker has MVP aspirations this year. Not to mention, Ayton is a big body that can easily pull down at least 10 rebounds a night.
Monty Williams is one of the best coaches in the league. With all that in mind, the Phoenix Suns will still be safe, but losing a young Cameron Johnson will hurt their fans.