At with a 6’11” wingspan and 242 lbs of basketball player, Stanley Johnson is beast physically and won’t encounter any of the strength problems that players like Dante Exum and R.J. Hunter have/ will have.
With elite strength, length and quickness Johnson has unlimited defensive potential (some have compared him to Kawhi Leonard).
Johnson shot well in college, shooting 37 percent from 3 in college and 44 percent on catch and shoot 3s, according to Draft Express. He also possesses great rebounding (6.5 per game), shot blocking (.5 per game) and thievery (1.5 per game).
With a 34-4 record in college and four state championships Johnson is used to winning.
Johnson is relentlessly competitive and is unstoppable when he gets a head of steam, going to the basket.
Throughout the past season Johnson was incredibly inconsistent, for example he followed a 22 point outing in the first round of the NCAA double tournament with a 4 point game. This wasn’t his only single digit game.
Johnson also had lapses on the defensive end where he was frequently caught ball-watching and over-helping.
Though his shot mechanics are much improved from high school, they are still not wonderful, a low release point is a huge part of the problem. This may explain his inconsistent jump shot.
Despite being one of the strongest players in basketball, Johnson struggled at the rim especially with contact.
Johnson is not good at reading a defense at this point in his development and is not an accurate passer either.
In the year he’s coached in Utah, Quin Snyder has proven he can teach players how to defend. This would be particularly useful in helping Johnson develop into a great defender considering his elite physical tools.
Johnson wouldn’t be the only one in Swat Lake City to need help with his shooting mechanics and would benefit from the emphasis the team will likely put on shooting.
With an NBA ready body Johnson could push Hood and Burkes for minutes. If his competitiveness comes out in practice he will only make them better, even if he doesn’t end up spending much time on the court. He would also give Jazz wings practice against a long, strong Kawhi Leonard-esque defender.
If Johnson falls to the Jazz they’ll have another solid 3-and-D guy and potentially a third or fourth option down the road.
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