Born: May 29, 1996
Place of Birth: Anaheim, CA
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Career and Life
Stanley Herbert Johnson Jr. (born May 29, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats before being selected eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2015 NBA draft.
A native of Fullerton, California, Johnson was one of the top high school recruits of 2014 by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN. He was a four-time CIF State champion at Mater Dei High School. He played in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, 2014 Jordan Brand Classic and the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit. He was also a 2014 USA Today first team All-USA Boys Basketball Team selection.
As a freshman at Arizona in 2014–15, Johnson was voted first-team All-Pac-12, and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He started 37 of the 38 games he played for the Wildcats, averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 28.4 minutes per game.
On April 23, 2015, Johnson declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his remaining three years of college eligibility.
Johnson entered the 2015 NBA draft as the 11th ranked prospect on ESPN's Top 100 draft board. He reportedly refused to attend a pre-draft workout hosted by the Charlotte Hornets, in hope of being drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the eight overall pick, or the Miami Heat with the 10th selection. On June 25, 2015, he was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Pistons. In his debut for the Pistons on October 27, he recorded seven points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench in a 106–94 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On November 9, he recorded 20 points and seven rebounds in a 109–95 loss to the Golden State Warriors. On February 4, while starting at shooting guard in place of the injured Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Johnson scored a season-high 22 points in a 111–105 win over the New York Knicks.
In December 2016, Johnson spent a day with the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. On March 8, 2017, he scored a season-high 17 points in a 115–98 loss to the Indiana Pacers. On January 30, 2018, he scored a career-high 26 points in a 125–114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. On November 9, 2018, he scored a season-high 22 points in a 124–109 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
On February 7, 2019, Johnson was acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade involving the Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks.