Stanley Johnson Suspended for Violating Team Rules: Latest Details and Reaction

November 25th, 2016 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »
Detroit Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson has been suspended for one game for violating team rules, according to Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official website. 

It will keep him out of Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he will travel with the team to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Saturday, per James Hawkins of the Detroit News. 

Now in his second year in the league, Johnson has regressed as Detroit's sixth man off the bench. 

After a rookie season in which he averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game, Johnson is only seeing 16.1 minutes per game in 2016-17 while putting up 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds. 

A lot of it has to do with confusion as to where Johnson can correctly fit within the Pistons' system, as head coach Stan Van Gundy discussed with Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

The only thing we know for sure is that he can guard three positions and sometimes four and that he’s a good rebounder. Offensively, I don&rs ...

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