An Early-Season Look At NBA Draft Prospects For The Detroit Pistons

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Name: Stanley Johnson

College/Year: Arizona/Freshman

Position: SG/SF

Current Stats: 14.7 PPG/6.3 RPG/1.6 APG

Dec 16, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Stanley Johnson (5) dribbles around Oakland Golden Grizzlies forward Tommie McCune (23) during the first half at McKale Center. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Terada: So the first player we’re going to look at is the SG/SF out of Arizona in freshman Stanley Johnson. He’s a beast and he’s lighting up top-tier competition all while climbing up the NBA draft boards.

He also has a really attractive 42.9 3pt% which is nice to see out of young players. If he can consistently hit that 3 point shot in college and in the pros he’ll be a solid wing player no matter where he ends up. He’d be a solid pick by the Pistons because they’ll be needing that wing position sooner or later.

The Pistons won’t be able to get the job done with Kyle Singler starting at SF if they’re going to be vying for a title with Drummond. Though they already have a couple wing players in Jodie Meeks and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope adding another potential wing will bode well for the future no mater how you look at it. To me, I can easily see Johnson fitting in well in the Pistons and Van Gundy’s offense.

And here’s Jay with his opinion.

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  • Shah: Johnson’s measurements at 6′ 7″ height and an 6′ 11″ wingspan will be perfect for his defensive prowess. He is a loaded 245 pounds which gives him more than adequate strength to guard NBA wing players and smaller forwards.  Just like Caldwell-Pope, defense will be his calling card early in his career.

    General managers will look at his NBA-readiness in terms of on-ball defense similar to how teams perceived Andrew Wiggins in last year’s draft. He also has the tools to develop a strong offensive game and solid shooting stroke. Under Van Gundy’s tutelage Johnson has legit two-way potential to be a top 10 wing player in the NBA.

    At only age 18 Johnson has plenty of time to bring his game full circle. Pistons would be wise to draft him if given the opportunity to do so. He stands as my favorite prospect in this NBA draft class for the Detroit Pistons.

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