Stanley Johnson continued his great play in the Summer League and showed once again why I’m predicting he going to average 20+ points a game next season – coming off the bench or as a starter. Johnson scored 20 points, grabbed 10 boards, blocked 2 shots and had 3 steals in 26 minutes as the Pistons pounded the Pacers 90-65.
If Johnson seemed a little extra motivated in the game it’s because the Pacers offended him on the first play of the game when they had Solomon Hill try to post him up on the first play.
“For me, for some guy to attack me the first play of the game, that speaks volumes about what coach thinks about me, and therefore, I take it disrespectfully,” Johnson said. “So from that point on, whether he scores the basket, doesn’t score the basket, that play put a chip on my shoulder already.”
With that chip, Johnson not only put up some big numbers but had a few impressive plays that wont show up in the boxscore, like when he dove on the floor in the final minutes of the blowout and forced a tie-up with Hill. Then of course there’s this nasty block out of nowhere on Romero Osby.
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG
The Pacers did get a game-high 25 from 2nd round pick Mighty Joe Young.
“I got the toughness in me, coaches believe in me,” said Young who was a perfect 3 of 3 from 3 and also had a game-high 5 assists during his duel with Johnson. “They know I can be versatile and create shots for everybody. Each game I thought I did a little something better.”
“I think we have good chemistry so far,” said teammate and #11 pick Myles Turner. “He’s a guard that can score, dish it out, do what he has to do.”