In the 2022-23 NBA season, head coach Monty Williams named Cam Johnson the starting power forward for the Phoenix Suns. Last night, Johnson delivered the second-highest highest-scoring game of his career and the second-highest threes he made in a game.
Coming into Tuesday night’s matchup, Johnson had been averaging 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 42.2% from the floor, 38.5% from deep, and 75% from the charity stripe. Johnson finished in the third position for the 2021-22 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.
“I think he’s getting more comfortable with the role.. I thought he did a really good job of fighting and just making sure that (Karl-Anthony Towns) didn’t get where he wanted to get to, to initially start the play and then offensively, he was really aggressive,” head coach Monty Williams on Cam Johnson on Tuesday night.
Cam Johnson scored a season-high 29 points going 7-of-11 from 3 on Tuesday, securing the Suns’ fifth victory in a row to bring Phoenix’s record to 6-1 on the year. He scored three assists, three steals, one block, and one rebound in under 33 minutes of play.
It marks the third straight game where he’s set a new season high after scoring 16 and 19 in each of his last two contests, respectively.
Johnson delivered shooting 10-for-17 (58.8%) from the field and 7-of-11 from three-point range for a 63.6% clip. He also went 2-for-3 from the free-throw line.
“Good shoot around, shots felt good all pregame. I missed the first two, but I just have guys that find me,” Johnson told reporters postgame. “I just kind of stuck with it and they started to go down. Just trying to find them in flow and keep my rhythm throughout the game. Also staying aggressive but it also helps when you have some pretty good teammates around you.”
“I think it’s a healthy balance of everybody taking on more, and at the same time, him continuing to be him.” – Cam Johnson on how Chris Paul playing off the ball more has helped the Suns so far this season.
When Cam Johnson was asked about Trash talks he typically sticks sticks with his typical question on defense: “What you guys running?”
Do you think I fouled you on that play?” “You definitely hit my arm.”
“It wasn’t going at each other, barking back and forth. It was literal, simple conversation. Like ‘what are y’all running?’ Not that he is going to tell me”, he continued.
Cam Johnson’s last match Stats against the Minnesota Timberwolves
- Points: 29
- Steals: 3
- Block: 1
- Rebound : 1
- Turnover : 0
- FG : 58% (10-17)
- 63% 3P (7-11)
- 79% TS
Mikal Bridges said about Johnson, ” I’m just so excited for him. Every time he shoots, I feel like it’s going to go in every single time.”