Jeonju KCC recruited a foreign player to join the 2023-24 season. NBA career player Alizee Johnson (27, 201cm) is the main character. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 2nd round, 50th pick, in the 2018 NBA Draft. As a result, KCC started a new season with Johnson and Laguna (34‧200.5cm).
Unfortunately, it is not the heavy type of center that KCC wanted. He is known as a player who has the advantage of rebounding and passing ability in addition to stable scoring power as a forward going back and forth between 3 and 4 times. In the NBA, he appeared in 76 games, but did not stand out. He is of medium size, has been pointed out as a weakness in vertical defense, and his shooting ability is not good.먹튀검증
If he wasn’t evenly good at it, he would have had to have a special advantage in one area to be competitive even as a bench member, but it didn’t work in the NBA. On the other hand, his performance in the G League, the lower league of the NBA, was good. Last season, he averaged 16.9 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 22 G-League regular season games.
There are also voices expressing anxiety as he is a skinny forward whose shooting range is not long. This is because it reminds me of Ron University Hollis Jefferson (28‧198cm), who broke up badly last season. KCC, which was thirsty for an authentic center, tried their best to bring back Tyler Davis (25, 208 cm), but it failed, and the player who hurriedly brought in was Hollis Jefferson.
His overseas career was of a high standard, but there were great concerns about him being a swing man far from a big man. It was different, but it didn’t match KCC. He had excellent breakthrough skills and a good middle shot, but that was all. Due to his skinny physique, he was pushed back in physical fights against quite a few domestic players, let alone foreign players from other teams, revealing holes in his defense.
However, I was not very fast or had excellent motor skills, nor did I have a good BQ. There were many fans who tilted their heads at the overseas evaluation that the defense was good because the original body was pierced here and there. He could be seen as a light swing man who could not even play the role of number 3.5, but to make matters worse, he had a clear weakness in outside shooting. This is the reason why his use was extremely limited.
Nevertheless, his worthless pride was strong. He openly performed slow-moving play, angering the team and fans, and eventually crossed the river of no return. Therefore, ahead of the next season, there was a lot of interest among fans about which foreign players KCC will select. This is because it was expected that he would bring a proper sense of power this time, as he had suffered from headaches due to foreign players every season.
First of all, while rumors of contact with various foreign big men were rampant, the fact that he eventually brought forward hyung suggests that contracts with the originally planned figures were not fulfilled. In the end, it seems that the player who looked the best regardless of the position among the remaining candidates was brought in as time was running out. Just looking at his records and play videos in the G League, it is expected that he will be somewhat different from Hollis Jefferson.
Unlike Hollis Jefferson, who avoided collisions as much as possible and tried to break through, Johnson often succeeds in attacking as if he were sticking his body together when breaking through or attacking under the goal. Although he may not be very strong, he is not expected to be beaten by domestic players like Hollis Jefferson. On top of that, his rebounding ability has definitely been proven in the G League.
He has good offensive rebound numbers, so you can see that he has a style that actively fights near the post. Although he may not be able to secure the bottom of the net, he is expected to make up for some of his weaknesses in other ways. Since the success rate of Atu is also at a high level, it is analyzed that even if it is not explosive, steady performance in scoring and rebounding is expected. As the season goes on, the number of 3-point shot attempts decreases and the frequency of attacking the paint zone increases. It may be negative in the G League, but it fits well with the current KCC situation.
In fact, even when Hollis Jefferson was gradually adapting, there was an opinion among fans that ‘renewing the contract may not be bad’. There was a lot of disappointment in the under-the-goal play, but it was because I was looking forward to working with Song Gyo-chang (27‧201.3cm), who will return during the season. I thought that if Song Kyo-chang and Lee Seung-hyun (31‧197cm) were together from the front and back, it would be possible to pick out and use only the strong points.
Even more so, Johnson is a more active player in the post than Hollis Jefferson, and in the next season, in addition to Song Kyo-chang and Lee Seung-hyun, Choi Jun-yong (29‧200.2cm) will play together. Depending on the situation, Heo Ung (30 x 185cm) will take over as point guard, and a 4-forward system of Song Kyo-chang, Choi Jun-yong, Lee Seung-hyun and Johnson seems feasible. Song Kyo-chang and Choi Jun-yong have good speed compared to their height, and Lee Seung-hyun is a resource that can fight with a few foreign players for a certain amount of time. If you have a good rebounding Johnson combination, you can’t say that the defense is weak.
As evidenced by his career as a point guard in high school, Johnson has a high level of vision and passing sense. Song Kyo-chang and Lee Seung-hyeon are regarded as players with good BQ in their respective positions, and Choi Jun-yong has more than a decent guard’s leading ability. It is a composition that allows Heo Woong to actively focus on scoring without feeling burdened even if he stands at number 1. I wonder if KCC, which has been crying over the cruelty of foreigners for the past few seasons, will be able to laugh because of Johnson.