With the Pope (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) on the sideline, 1st round pick and my pick for rookie of the year going into the season, Stanley Johnson, got his 2nd start and responded with a career-high 22 points. In a season-high 44 minutes, Stand the Man also had 9 boards and 5 assists while connecting on 7 of 12 from the field and 7 of 8 from the line.
“He was tremendous,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Second start of his career, I thought he played really well. We were even going to him down the stretch there before Reggie (Jackson) hit the 3s. We were running plays for him.”
The 2014 Ballislife All-American MVP has now scored in double figures in his last 6 games and has scored 15+ in 6 of his 8 games with 30+ minutes.
As nice as these stats sound, the best is yet to come.