5 - Stanley Johnson


  • Birthday: 5/29/96
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 245
  • Hometown: Fullerton, CA
  • High School: Mater Dei
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NBA Comparison: Metta World Peace

Strengths: The first two things that jump out are his incredible football player like body and his competitiveness ... He's a standout with his on ball defense where he is able to use his huge chest to muscle any offensive threat ... But compared to Ron Artest, he looks like a much better defender off the ball, using his large wingspan to deflect passes and his big hands to snatch the ball away from opposing players ... Defensively, he's absolutely a beast, who could immediate play in the NBA creating problems for many NBA wings ... Perhaps another of his best characteristics, really rare in a 18 year old is how he plays to his strengths, never takes a bad shots, never tries to show off, instead takes what the game gives him ... He uses his big shoulders to get into the lane and finish with contact; underrated athlete off one foot, and he doesn’t have any problems finishing with both hands around the rim ... He's a very good ball handler for a player his size ... He was a four until his HS junior year. He can also help the guards bringing the ball up and has strong IQ and good decision making ... Intangibles are where he separates himself from the herd, a sharp, focused kid who understand his role and wants to win, which is what everybody looks for in the league ... Doesn’t have the length of Leonard or his offensive skills, but the right attitude will help him have a better career than more talented players ...

Weaknesses: The offensive side has to become better for him to become an impact player on both ends ... his biggest issue right now is his jump shot ... Not that he doesn’t score, he actually shoots pretty well for his form ... The problem is that right now his shot is very flat and the release point is in front of the face which doesn’t allow him to be consistent, particular when tired or under pressure from a contest ... In high school, many players contesting his shot are smaller than him, but in the league he will go against elite athletes that will obscure his vision ... Just a small change rising his release point 6-12 inches will have a great impact on his percentages ... Definitely something they will work with him on at Arizona next year ... Becoming a reliable 3 point shooter could make the difference in his career ... My other big concern is that he could have a Trevor Ariza kind of moment, deciding to be the best or second best player in the team where he will struggle a lot ... As long as he stays in his role (3rd or 4th option and dirty work) he can be absolutely be among the best at it ... His athleticism is cause of concern because he really struggles jumping off of two feet (needing momentum) and this really hurts him on rebounds where he has to work twice as hard ... Despite those weakness I really believe Stanley intangibles will give him a chance to be a valuable NBA contributor ...

Outlook: DJ Khalid's “All I do is Win” would be the perfect theme song for Stanley’s young basketball career ... Never has a player in California history been able to have the impact that he had in the High School world, winning four state championships in four years and becoming a living legend in California’s high school system ... But if you are looking for fancy passes, ankle breaking cross-overs and And-1 moves you'd likely be disappointed in watching Stanley ... 6’7 with a 6’11 wingspan, Johnson has a great body for a kid of his age, and he is not afraid to use it ... Does not have a big vertical athlete by any means, particularly off two feet, but being more than 240 pounds of muscles and strength makes him a nightmare for any offensive player trying to go by him. It's obvious Stanley will one day be a good NBA player, maybe never an NBA All-Star, but the 3rd/4th best player in a contending team. The perfect piece for many teams who love to have a player of his quality put the team in front of personal needs ...

Notes: Measured 6'7.5 (with shoes) 226 lbs with a 6'10.5 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Measured 6'6.75, 242.7 lbs, with a 6'11.5 wingspan and 8'8 reach at the 2014 USA U18 tryouts ... Measured 6'7.5 (in shoes) 235 lbs, with a 6'10.5 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy

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