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STANLEY JOHNSON (SF)
  • Jul 24 2016, 10:23 AM

    Update: Johnson averaged 16.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.2 steals across five games during the Orlando Summer League.

    Analysis: Although Johnson was the Pistons' leading scorer, his efficiency left much to be desired. He shot 35.5 percent from the field and a dismal 26.7 percent from deep. With Tobias Harris ahead of the 20-year-old on the depth chart at small forward, Johnson is likely to continue developing his game while serving as the Pistons' sixth man in the coming season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 16:30 PM

    Update: Johnson will draw the start in Wednesday's season finale versus the Cavaliers, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Johnson will draw the start at small forward for the Pistons Wednesday. The Pistons are opting to rest a majority of their regular rotational players, so Johnson should have an opportunity for more usage than usual.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 05:50 AM

    Update: Johnson totaled five points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 14 minutes during the Pistons' 99-93 loss to the Heat on Tuesday.

    Analysis: Johnson returned to the rotation on Tuesday following two straight healthy scratches. While the rookie was not able to make much of an impact in the box score, he could be in line to see a boost in playing time for Wednesday's season finale if Pistons' coach Stan Van Gundy decides to rest his starters.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 12 2016, 09:22 AM

    Update: Johnson will return to the rotation Tuesday after being a DNP-CD in each of the last two games, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: The rookie was glued to the bench last week in wins over the Wizards and Magic, as coach Stan Van Gundy opted to go with Reggie Bullock over Johnson off the bench. Johnson is expected to return to his normal bench role Tuesday against the Heat, though it's unclear if Van Gundy will again tighten the rotation once the postseason begins. For what it's worth, Van Gundy did note that he believes Johnson's abilities as a defender will be needed in the playoffs. 'We are, in the next two games, going to make sure Stanley gets some playing time because we think there's some matchups in the playoffs where defensively he can really help us off the bench,' Van Gundy said. 'I don't want him to sit for four games and then try to get ready to play for the playoffs.'

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 24 2016, 06:10 AM

    Update: Johnson had 13 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes during the Pistons' 118-102 win over the Magic on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Johnson remained in a reserve role despite Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) sitting out. However, Johnson played 29 minutes despite committing five turnovers and three fouls. Since returning from a sprained shoulder earlier this month, Johnson is averaging 5.9 points, four rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 21 minutes through eight games.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 23 2016, 15:01 PM

    Update: Johnson will come off the bench Wednesday, despite Kentavious Caldwell-Pope sitting out due to illness, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: With Reggie Bullock (illness) also out, Johnson seemed like the obvious fill-in at shooting guard, but Stan Van Gundy will instead go with Darrun Hilliard in an effort to preserve his rotation with Johnson as the first guard off the bench. While Hilliard, who has not played a minute in any of the last four games, will open the game, Johnson figures to see the bulk of the minutes in Caldwell-Pope's absence as the game wears on.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 12 2016, 04:40 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) managed three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt) in nine minutes during the Pistons' 118-103 loss to the Hornets on Friday.

    Analysis: Johnson returned to action on Friday following a seven-game absence, and was likely limited for precautionary reasons. However, given the acquisition of Tobias Harris at the trade deadline, the starting lineup is set in stone, and each of the five starters figures to earn at least 30 minutes per game. As a result, it might be difficult for Johnson to sustain his 24 minutes per contest average over the remainder of the season.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 11 2016, 15:37 PM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) will play on Friday night against the Hornets, Pistons' radio voice Mark Champion reports.

    Analysis: Johnson hasn't participated in a game since Feb. 22 but will be active on Friday. Head coach Stan Van Gundy will restrict Johnson's minutes as he works his way back to full strength, so expect him to see minimal time on Friday night.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 11 2016, 09:50 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hornets, David Mayo of MLive Media Group reports.

    Analysis: Johnson hasn't participated in a game since Feb. 22, but like teammate Anthony Tolliver, believes he'll be available to play in Friday's matchup with the Hornets. The final decision on his status will ultimately be made by coach Stan Van Gundy, so we'll likely have to wait till sometime closer to tip off before getting a final say. On Saturday, Johnson was reportedly expected to miss his next five games, so a return Friday would be somewhat of a surprise considering the Pistons have only played two since that report.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 05 2016, 09:52 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) is likely to miss the Pistons' next five games, David Mayo of MLive Media Group reports.

    Analysis: Johnson continue to deal with a sprained shoulder, and he appears to be progressing more slowly than anticipated. He'll undergo another MRI on Saturday, after which a clearer timetable should be released, but Mayo speculates that the rookie likely won't be cleared to return until the end of the Pistons' next road trip, which concludes Mar. 14 in Washington.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 04 2016, 09:51 AM

    Update: Johnson is still experiencing soreness in his shoulder and has been ruled out for the next two games, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: The rookie has already missed the last four games with a sprained right shoulder, and his absence will now extend over the weekend, as he'll sit out Saturday against the Knicks and Sunday against the Trail Blazers. His next chance to return will come Wednesday in Dallas as the Pistons begin a four-game road swing. Veteran guard Jodie Meeks (foot) was cleared to return to action Friday, so he'll likely absorb some of Johnson's minutes in the short term.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 02 2016, 12:08 PM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) has been formally ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, David Mayo of MLive.com reports.

    Analysis: This was widely anticipated after Johnson failed to take part in Tuesday's practice. With the rookie due to miss his fourth game in a row, more court time will be available off the bench for wings Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 01 2016, 09:43 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) didn't practice Tuesday and is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Spurs, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Johnson has already missed the last three games -- all Pistons wins -- with a sprained right shoulder, and he appears destined for a fourth straight absence Wednesday. Assuming that's the case, Reggie Bullock figures to continue to pick up some extra minutes off the bench. Bullock played 26 minutes and finished with eight points in Sunday's win over the Raptors.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 29 2016, 08:16 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) ended up sitting out Sunday's 114-101 win over the Raptors.

    Analysis: The Pistons upgraded Johnson to questionable for Sunday's contest, but after he failed to participate in shootaround, there wasn't much optimism that he'd be able to suit up. Johnson has now missed three straight games, though it looks possible that he might be able to take the court at some point in the coming week, with Wednesday's game against the Spurs next on the docket.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 28 2016, 09:54 AM

    Update: Johnson (shoulder) is now being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raptors, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: The Pistons initially said that Johnson, who sprained his right shoulder six days ago, said he would be reevaluated a week later, but it appears the rookie might be progressing a little quicker than anticipated. It's still probably more likely than not that Johnson sits out Sunday, but his upgraded status suggests his return could be forthcoming.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 24 2016, 07:43 AM

    Update: Johnson was diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain Wednesday and will be reevaluated in a week, Dave Pemberton of the Oakland Press reports.

    Analysis: An MRI confirmed that Johnson was dealing with the shoulder sprain, which he sustained in Monday's win over the Cavaliers. The rookie had already seen his role decline following the return of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin), as his court time had dropped to 22 minutes in each of the previous three games, with Johnson averaging seven points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and one three-pointer during that stretch. With Johnson now shut down until at least the early part of March, Darrun Hillard and Reggie Bullock figure to assume more prominent spots on the Pistons' second unit.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 23 2016, 15:32 PM

    Update: Coach Stan Van Gundy said Tuesday that Johnson will probably miss a 'couple weeks' due to his right shoulder sprain, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.

    Analysis: Johnson initially suffered the sprain Monday against the Cavaliers and underwent further testing Tuesday. This will be the first absence of the rookie's career after averaging 24 minutes per game after 57-straight outings. His minutes will now be absorbed by Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris, and Reggie Bullock, with Bullock being the only non-starter of that trio. As a result, Bullock has the best opportunity of seeing more playing time since Morris and Harris already average more than 30 minutes per game as it is.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 23 2016, 07:50 AM

    Update: Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder and will be reevaluated Tuesday, Rob Beard of the Detroit News reports.

    Analysis: Johnson exited Monday's game against the Cavaliers with the injury and finished the evening with 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block across 22 minutes. The Pistons are just viewing the rookie as day-to-day for now, but if Tuesday's evaluation reveals some concern with the shoulder injury, Johnson could be held out of Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers. Darrun Hillard would likely assume a more prominent spot in the Pistons' rotation if Johnson can't play Wednesday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Feb 22 2016, 18:13 PM

    Update: Johnson is questionable to return Monday versus the Cavaliers due to a shoulder injury, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Johnson left the game after posting 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, and one triple in 22 minutes of action. The severity of the injury is unknown, but it appears to be more on the doubtful side of questionable for returning. He will likely be considered day-to-day going forward. The Pistons next play Wednesday versus the 76ers, so expect an update on his status when more information becomes available.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Feb 17 2016, 14:27 PM

    Update: Johnson will likely return to a bench role for Friday's game against the Wizards, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

    Analysis: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (groin) was able to put in a full practice Wednesday and has been fully cleared to play Friday, so the expectation is that he'll take his spot back as the starting shooting guard, ending Johnson's four-game run on the top unit. During those four starts, Johnson averaged 13 points, 7.3 rebounds, and four assists in 38.3 minutes, and all of those figures to plummet now that he'll come off the bench. Johnson may not even have the luxury of serving as the Pistons' sixth man, as the team acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic on Tuesday and intend to deploy him as the top scoring threat on the second unit, at least initially.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

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