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#5 Stanley Johnson
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  • Detroit Pistons
  • Drafted 8th overall in 2015
  • SF
  • 6'7" / 245lbs
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  • 05/29/1996
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  • 8th pick, 2015
  • Arizona
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2015 NBA DraftNBADrafted 8th overall by Detroit.
22nd July, 2015NBASigned four year, $15,850,042 rookie scale contract with Detroit. Included team options for 2017/18 and 2018/19.
20th October, 2016NBADetroit exercised 2017/18 team option.
10th December, 2016D-LeagueAssigned by Detroit to Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.
11th December, 2016D-LeagueRecalled by Detroit from Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2014 - 2015Arizona (NCAA)
June 2015 - presentDetroit Pistons (NBA)

November 29, 2017

Under considerably more control this season than before, Johnson seems to see the game better and slower, and his consistency and scoring efficiency are reaping the benefits. Without ever putting up big nights – it is not likely that he ever will, as a wing player who does not create offence himself – Johnson has steadily put up an average of 18.1 fantasy points over the past five games, with all outings between 14.6 and 23.0. It is a small but steady return for a suitably small price.


November 4, 2017

All year, Johnson has played big minutes and taken the right shots, only to find them normally rim out. However, of late, they have started to go in a bit more often. With season averages of 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, Johnson does not leap off the page at first glance. But he receives a largely unchallenged 31.7 minutes per game, and the Pistons are committed to his development, so he will always get minutes, and thus always give something for fantasy players.


June 29, 2017

Stanley Johnson
SF, 6’7, 245lbs, 21 years old, 2 years of experience

Johnson struggled markedly on offence as a rookie yet has only slumped further on that end as a sophomore. A poor finisher from all areas, Johnson has no role on the offensive end, not even as regular clean-up; he is unreliable as a slasher, unused as a transition possibility on a slow team, and far behind the curve for a wing player in terms of his ball handling skills. The defence is better, but Johnson was not drafted to be a specialist.

Player Plan: Two rookie scale years remaining, yet progress is minimal. Would not be averse to taking a first round pick for him if one is floating around - then again, given the struggles thus far, there might not be.