Stanley Johnson Impresses in Pistons Debut, Talks About Being a 6th Man

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As expected, the MVP of our 2014 Ballislife All-American game and focus of the documentary “Work” put in work and was instant offense for the Pistons in his Summer League debut.  Johnson scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 24 minutes of action.

The scoring threat also had 3 assists and showed a glimpse of his underrated play making skills.

“People are going to surprised how well I pass the ball and stuff like that,” Johnson said. “It’s my decision-making. I started with that when I first started talking about myself, was the decision-making. When I get that down I take my game to a new height.

“I’m just really trying to learn the right passes to make. I’m making it real easy, I’m not trying to make it real complicated. I’m trying to get on base, hit singles is what I would call it. It takes people making shots for me to get an assist.”

Johnson also talked about his 6th man role.

“For me, it’s my job to play basketball,” Johnson said. “I’m going to have to come off the bench this season so it is what it is.

“I gotta go out there and play, be a sparkplug. I know when I came in the game we went on a little run so I’m showing versatility in that some people can’t come off the bench. So show that I can do that, I think is big for me.”