Darius Johnson-Odom Signs with Sixers: Call-Up Breakdown
If the Sixers are looking for a prospect to try out for 10 days -- and potentially develop into a long-term contributor -- there's no better bet in the NBA D-League than Darius Johnson-Odom. The 24-year-old comes ready-made as a playmaking combo guard and has made strides in transitioning into a full-time point.
"He could help any team," said Doug Overton, his coach with the Springfield Armor and a former Sixer himself. "He's just so explosive that he can give you instant energy off the bench."
But DJO has been a relatively known commodity since his standout three-year career at Marquette: He's a rugged defender; he has a sweet lefty stroke; his motor never stops running and he's ultra-competitive. The difference between that player, who was drafted 55th overall in 2012 before a brief stint with the Lakers, and this player (22.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.1 apg) lies in his new-and-improved abilities as a distributor -- a necessity given his stocky 6-2 frame.
And Johnson-Odom never lost his natural scoring touch, still a top-notch mid-range shooter able to create his own shot at will (see shot chart above); 76% of his field goals this season have been unassisted. Now a true duel-threat lead guard, he could have a future running an NBA second unit. "I think he's gonna be an NBA point guard, be a quarterback," Overton said. "I think he has to be a straight point guard, not a combo guard."