Dakari Johnson Finally Makes Jump to NBA

According to reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Dakari Johnson on a two-year deal.

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ESPN’s Shams Charania first broke the news.

Johnson was drafted in the second round by OKC in the 2015 NBA Draft but has played his entire career for the Development League OKC Blue.

He is a guy that many believe should already be an established big man in the NBA, especially after his NBA D-League All-Star Gane appearance this past season.

His all-around length can benefit the Thunder’s front court, but he’ll likely sit in that 15th and last roster spot that doesn’t receive consistent playing time. He’ll presumably play a significant amount of games with the Blue to keep him active and in NBA shape.

This signing puts OKC’s roster at 16 players, and the NBA only allows 15, so another move is bound to be made in the near future.

With all that being said, Johnson should be in the regular rotation. His length, quickness in the post and defensive awareness presents something the second team lacks in. Seeing he and Kanter work in the post could be extremely entertaining.

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