Arizona basketball: Nick Johnson and his best fits in the 2014 NBA Draft

Jeff Gross

Where would Arizona basketball guard Nick Johnson fit best as he enters the NBA?

A few days back, I took a look at how Aaron Gordon might fit on several NBA teams in his projected draft range. We have a better idea of where he's expected to go compared to Arizona Wildcats teammate Nick Johnson, who could be drafted anywhere from the last few picks in the first round all the way through the second round.

Here are the teams who might be in need of a defensive-minded point guard and would be solid fits for Johnson.

Houston Rockets

Houston likely wouldn't draft Johnson with their 25th pick but it certainly could give the Arizona guard a look with a 42nd overall pick in the second round. The Rockets will continue maneuvering this offseason and have been open to moving both center Omer Asik and guard Jeremy Lin off the books to free up cap space. If they're successful in moving Lin, there would be an opportunity for Johnson to back up a similar non-traditional and defensive-minded point guard, Patrick Beverley. Johnson would, however, be competing for playing time with former Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz own the 35th pick and are in need of more guard depth behind last year's first round pick, Trey Burke. Traditionally, Utah has drafted smart and sound basketball players, and Johnson obviously fits that mold. As a defensive-minded backup, he would be a nice character addition to a young, developing team.

Philadelphia 76ers

Probability alone says Johnson could likely be drafted by the Sixers. They have compiled second round draft picks like fiends and currently own the 32nd, 39th, 47th, 52nd and 54th picks. Draft Express currently has Johnson coming off the board with their 52nd choice. Philadelphia, however, does have reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams and former Washington Huskies wild man Tony Wroten eating up quite a few minutes at point.

New York Knicks

New York is in flux, but there's reason to believe they might like Johnson. They're of course a darkhorse to land Johnson, because as of today, they don't own a single draft pick. President Phil Jackson has talked about buying a pick from the Sixers or Bucks -- Milwaukee owns three picks -- and the Knicks certainly could use more guard depth. The team has attempted to move starting point Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni is aging. If youngster Toure' Murry is wooed away from the Big Apple, Johnson would have an opportunity to play quite a bit as a rookie.

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio owns the last pick in the first round and also the 58th and 60th overall selections. It's another winning team that would be willing to let Johnson grow. Gregg Popovich's crew might like Johnson's potential and see him as an eventual replacement for either of Patty Mills or Cory Joseph, who have played well behind starting point guard Tony Parker. Either Mills or Joseph could financially earn their way out of the Spurs' price range -- their success right now mirrors exactly what NBA teams would hope to see in Johnson.

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