Utah Jazz Draft Profiles: Stanley Johnson,

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Fit:

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.

Other Profiles:

Frank Kaminsky     Kevon Looney     Devin Booker     Myles Turner     Sam Dekker     Trey Lyles

R.J. Hunter     Bobby Portis     Kelly Oubre

Information courtesy of:

Draft Express

NBADraft.net

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Derrick Favors versus Tim Duncan.

While the Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs Blitzkrieg yet another opponent Derrick Favors sits on the couch watching, most likely in the fetal position with his legs tucked into his Utah Jazz hoodie.

What exactly makes Players like Tim Duncan so different from Derrick Favors and what therefore can D-Fav’s do to alter his game to emulate the Big Fundamental?

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Let’s get the eye-test type stuff out of the way first Duncan’s defense is all-world, his rebounding is elite and he puts a bank jump shot in the whole at an otherworldly rate while Favors rebounds and plays defense at an above average rate and his jump shot is poor in general and seldom taken.

Derrick Favors just finished his fourth year if we compare Favors Fourth Year to Duncan’s a couple of things stick out.

According to nba.com Favors averaged 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, nearly 1.5 blocks, 1.8 turnovers and 13.3 points compared to Duncan’s 2000-2001 stats of 12.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, nearly 3 turnovers and 22.2 points per game.

At first look these stats sound like the slogan on those cheesy Bailey’s Moving and storage commercials. They aren’t even close but one other statistic reveals a new wrinkle.

According to nba.com favors averaged a little over 30 minutes per game while Duncan was in at a 38.7 minute clip. Almost a third more than Favors.

Over his first four years Duncan played 11,216 minutes Favors has played 6,900.

Perhaps Favors and Duncan are a little like apples and orange because of their varying skill sets and the different stages of developmental stages they entered the league but the contrast in usage is striking.

This year Duncan Favors were within one minute of each other in playing time but according to nba.com Duncan touched the ball on 59.9 percent of plays while Favors touched it at 55.1 and Duncan has a time of possession of 1.6 minutes per possession while Favors had 1.3 minutes per possession.

To even come close to Duncan-like production Favors needs more minutes and touches.