Will the Pistons let rookie forward Stanley Johnson start right away?
Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson has been impressive ever since the Pistons used the 8th overall pick on him in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Johnson has played well in summer league, training camp and preseason, which leads one to wonder if he'll be allowed to play with the starting lineup on opening day.
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While that decision from Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy doesn't have to come yet, Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois laid out some reasons why Johnson may start the year off the bench:
“When training camp opened three weeks ago, Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Morris were the presumptive favorites. It might still play out that way, but Stanley Johnson’s outstanding preseason at least has given Van Gundy pause to consider the decision from every angle.
Johnson could come off the bench and still play major minutes – as many or more as either starter, perhaps – so the choice is likely to be motivated more by other considerations than Johnson’s readiness.
Among them: Would it be best for the psyches of all concerned to let the 19-year-old come off the bench and give the veterans the starting jobs? Would Johnson’s skill set – especially his ability to attack the basket – best serve a second unit that won’t have Reggie Jackson on the floor? Does the more certain 3-point shooting of Ilyasova and Morris better complement the Andre Drummond-Jackson pick and roll?”