Stanley Johnson
Stanley Johnson
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Toronto Raptors
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Johnson was extremely underwhelming across a career-low 66 appearances this past season. While he finished with a career-high field goal percentage (38.9), that's still well below the league average (46.1 percent). Moreover, he handed out a career-worst 1.3 assists per contest and remained a total liability on the offensive end. Nevertheless, the Raptors decided to take a chance on Johnson in free agency this summer. With Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green no longer on the roster, it's possible the 23-year-old small forward will end up cracking the regular rotation thanks to his defensive versatility along the wing. That said, Johnson isn't necessarily a player that should be targeted in fantasy drafts outside of the very deepest leagues. Unless he significantly improves his offensive efficiency and earns close to a sixth-man role, Johnson may ultimately be relegated to waiver wires across most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.42 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Stanley Herbert Johnson Jr. was born in Los Angeles in 1996. Johnson comes from an athletic background. His mother, Karen Taylor, played basketball at Jackson State (where she was enshrined into the school's Hall of Fame), as well as professionally in Denmark, Italy and Sweden. Johnson blossomed into a superstar at Mater Dei School in Santa Ana, California, where he played a pivotal role in four straight state championships. Johnson averaged 19.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior, upping those totals to 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Mater Dei. The Monarchs did not lose a game during those years, going 70-0 as Johnson became the first California player to win a state title in every one of his high school basketball seasons. Johnson then moved on to the University of Arizona, where he played for one season. You can follow Stanley Johnson on Twitter @IAmSJ and on Instagram @Stanimal.

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Stanley Johnson spent one year, the 2014-15 season, at the University of Arizona. He started in 37 of 38 games during his freshman season as a Wildcat where he averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 made threes per game. He ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in steals, 10th in defensive rebounds, and 13th in total rebounds per game. Johnson won the inaugural Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and became Arizona's eighth winner of Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. He was one of just two freshmen in a major college basketball conference to average at least 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest (the other one was Jahlil Okafor from the Duke Blue Devils). Johnson then declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the eighth pick.

Assigned to G League
FToronto Raptors
March 11, 2020
Johnson was assigned to the G League on Wednesday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Despite a year full of injuries for the Raptors, Johnson can't find consistent run. As a result, the organization will opt to again send him to the G League to see the court. He's played two games with the 905, averaging 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in 33.7 minutes.
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2018

Johnson split his time between two teams in 2018-19. He began the year with the Pistons, the team that drafted him eighth overall in 2015. After starting 50 games the prior campaign, Johnson was moved to the bench by the Pistons last season. With Detroit, he averaged 7.5 points and 1.0 steal per contest. Arguably his best game with the Pistons was a 21-point, seven-rebound performance in a win over Denver on Feb. 4. Three days later, however, Detroit dealt Johnson to the Pelicans. He played 18 games with New Orleans in a reserve role. Johnson averaged 13.7 minutes and 5.3 points per contest with his new squad. His highest-scoring game with the Pelicans came against Orlando on March 20 when Johnson tallied 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. He nearly matched that total in the final game of the season, scoring 17 points and making 2-of-4 shots from three-point range.

2017

Johnson's third year proved to be the best of his career. The power forward started a career-high 50 games for Detroit, and averaged 8.7 points while grabbing 3.7 rebounds per contest. On Dec. 4 against San Antonio, Johnson recorded his first double-double in two years, a 14-point, 10-rebound display that kept things tight in a three-point Pistons loss. He did it again against Cleveland on Jan. 30, scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in an 11-point Detroit win. Johnson continued his stellar play on offense when he finished with 19 points while dishing four assists and grabbing five boards in an April 4 showdown with Philadelphia. The 2017-18 season proved to be the former lottery pick's last full year in Detroit. He'd be shipped off to New Orleans midway through the next season.

2016

Johnson's second season was a lot like his first. The young power forward spent much of the season coming off the bench, starting just once, and averaged a respectable 4.4. points and 2.5 rebounds with Detroit. His best game of the season came against Indiana on March 8. Johnson scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists against Indiana. That season, the Pistons finished just two spots out of the NBA Playoffs in the Eastern Conference, and Johnson played a role in some meaningful games down the stretch.

2015

The eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona, Stanley Johnson spent his rookie year learning the ropes of the NBA and providing valuable scoring off the bench for the Pistons. He made his NBA debut on Opening Night Oct. 27, and scored seven points while grabbing four rebounds in a 12-point win over the Atlanta Hawks. Johnson broke out in a big way on Nov. 9 against Golden State, scoring 20 points and adding seven rebounds in a close loss to the Warriors. Weeks later on Nov. 30, Johnson recorded his first career double-double, a 19-point, 10-assist show of dominance against the Houston Rockets. The Pistons won by 11. He made his first career start Jan. 9 against Brooklyn, scoring eight points while four rebounds as the Pistons won by 14. Johnson ended up featuring in 73 games as a rookie, starting six of them and recording three double-doubles. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, making him a credible scoring threat for an upstart Detroit team.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 22, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Detroit Pistons
  • February 7, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Detroit Pistons to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Milwaukee Bucks traded Thon Maker to the Pistons; the Bucks traded Jason Smith, a 2019 2nd round draft pick (Jordan Bone was later selected), a 2020 2nd round draft pick, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Pelicans; and the Pelicans traded Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks. (Pick is DEN's 2019 second-round pick, top-55 protected.) (Pick is WAS's 2020 second-round pick.) (Pick is WAS's 2021 second-round pick.)
  • July 10, 2019
    Signed as a free agent a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After coming off the bench for his first two seasons, Johnson entered the 2017-18 campaign as one of the top candidates to take over a starting role. He ended up securing 50 starts across 69 games, but never ran away with the job and was an overall disappointment. Johnson finished the year averaging a career-high 27.4 minutes, though that only translated to a modest bump in his production. The 22-year-old posted 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals, which meant he wasn't a contributor in anything but deeper Fantasy leagues. He also knocked down 1.0 three-pointer per game, but didn't show any improvements with his consistency and only had a 28.6 percent success rate from deep. Johnson will have a chance at a fresh start with new head coach Dwane Casey coming to town, but it's unclear whether or not he'll ultimately commit to Johnson as a starter. Luke Kennard is coming off a solid rookie season and could be in line for a role with the top unit, while Reggie Bullock had his team option picked up and Glenn Robinson was signed during free agency. As a result, Johnson will once again have to earn his spot with the top unit. Whether a starter or a bench piece, Johnson shouldn't be relied upon for significant Fantasy contributions and it may be wise to temper expectations heading into his fourth year.
A solid rookie year gave Johnson high expectations going into the 2016-17 campaign, but he ended up falling off a bit. While he played in a career-high 77 games, his minutes fell from 23.1 per game to just 17.8. That translated to averages of 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists, which kept him off the radar in the majority of Fantasy formats. The Pistons ended up losing one of their best offensive threats in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope during free agency, but traded for Avery Bradley and selected Luke Kennard in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, so the shooting guard position should be a little crowded. However, coach Stan Van Gundy has already said he's going to get Johnson more minutes at small forward and could even potentially put him at power forward in small ball lineups, which makes sense given Johnson's 6-foot-7 frame. Marcus Morris was sent to the Celtics in the Bradley trade, which should open more playing time for Johnson. The Pistons could go with a starting lineup that features Johnson, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt, although they could also go a bit bigger with Harris, Jon Leuer and Drummond. Either way, Johnson is going to get every opportunity to battle for a starting role, which should mean more minutes and better production in his third NBA season. While Johnson's value is certainly on the rise, he would also benefit with a better deep ball, as he shot just 29.2 percent from the three-point line last season.
Johnson's rookie campaign could best be described as uneven, as the 20-year-old used his combination of size and aggressiveness to torch the competition during the summer league, but wasn't able to consistently take advantage of those traits once the regular season began. The swingman most notably struggled to find much rhythm as a shooter, hitting just 37.5 percent of his attempts from the field. That lack of efficiency resulted in coach Stan Van Gundy handing heavy minutes to starting wings Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris in the first half of the season, but Johnson gradually earned a larger role as the team's sixth man when the calendar flipped to 2016. Over a 14-game stretch from Jan. 14 through Feb. 6, Johnson enjoyed his best run of the season, averaging 12.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the floor to go with 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 three-pointers across 26.9 minutes per game. However, that success would prove short lived, as Johnson ended up spraining his shoulder later in February and then reverted back to his poor shooting ways upon returning to action in March. In more consciously embracing his offensive strengths -- namely, using his 6-foot-7 frame to bully smaller wing defenders -- Johnson could tap further into his considerable upside in 2016-17, especially if he uses training camp as an opportunity to refine his jumper and ball handling. He'll likely open the season in a bench role, but with some expected skills growth, Johnson should at least benefit from an uptick in minutes.
Johnson was a controversial pick at No. 8 in this summer's draft, because the media was so self-obsessed with the intrigue surrounding Justise Winslow that they balked at the idea of drafting another small forward before Winslow, but any chatter of the Pistons making a mistake was quickly shut down by Johnson's spectacular showing at the Orlando Summer League. Through five games, he averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.0 block in 27 minutes per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. Those statistics are good, but they don't tell the whole story. Johnson was so good at summer league that he was considered by many in the media to be the best player at any of the three summer leagues, and coach Stan Van Gundy was impressed enough to suggest that Johnson will challenge for a starting spot at small forward or shooting guard against Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the two players currently projected to start over Johnson. He has a chance to be a do-it-all player, and with the agressiveness and intelligence with which he plays both sides of the ball, Johnson's potential could be in the MVP range at some point in his career. Dynasty players should have him on their radar.
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Registers double-double in win
FFree Agent   G League (Raptors)
January 29, 2020
Johnson posted 26 points (6-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 11 rebounds and six assists across 33 minutes in Wednesday's G League win over Grand Rapids.
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Brief G League stint on tap
FFree Agent   G League (Raptors)
January 29, 2020
Toronto assigned Johnson to the G League's Raptors 905 on Wednesday.
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Returns from G League
FToronto Raptors
January 7, 2020
Toronto recalled Johnson from the G League's Raptors 905 on Tuesday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Assigned to G League
FFree Agent   G League (Raptors)
January 6, 2020
Johnson was assigned to the Raptors 905 on Monday, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
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Healthy scratch versus Thunder
FToronto Raptors
December 29, 2019
Johnson (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Sunday's 98-97 loss to the Thunder.
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