The NBA’s 23 Absolute Worst Top 10 Picks Since 2009

20. Stanley Johnson — 8th Overall, 2015


Johnson was as impressive as a freshman can be during his lone year at Arizona. The 6’7″ forward was a gifted athlete that knocked down 38-percent of his threes in Tucson. At bare minimum, Johnson was likely to develop into a quality 3-and-D player.

Johnson’s inability to shoot has been puzzling. He has a quick, high release on his shot, but fails to maintain consistency in his mechanics. There are 152 players that have attempted 500 threes since Johnson entered the league in 2016. Of those players, Johnson ranks 151st in terms of three-point shooting percentage. He makes a paltry 29-percent of his long ball attempts.

The Pistons have been essentially playing 4-on-5 on the offensive end when Johnson is on the floor. A change of scenery could certainly help, but for now, Johnson is a limited player with a mediocre offensive skill-set.

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