Drafted by the Pacers with the 50th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Alize Johnson shined at times during Summer League play. As his rookie year approaches, what is there to love, and hate, about Alize Johnson?
With the drafting of Aaron Holiday, the heir apparent to Darren Collison, the signings of Kyle O’Quinn, Doug McDermott and Tyreke Evans, the Pacers have quietly had a good offseason. Even quieter still is the Pacers’ second-round draft pick, Alize Johnson.
The Missouri State product began his life in a Pacers uniform being a strong member of their Summer League team. He was third on the team in points (12.4 per game) and led the team in rebounds (8.6 per game). He was consistently giving a strong effort, great hustle and showed a knack for being a basketball magnet under the rim.
There were concerns about the level of competition in the Missouri Valley Conference but his performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, however, should ease some of those concerns.
Johnson has shown glimpses of potential as a strong player coming off the bench next season. Let’s look at the best parts of the newest number 24.