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Pistons take Arizona's Johnson in SI mock draft

The Detroit News

Now that the NBA regular season is over, the mock draft season has begun.

The first to come out was by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, and unlike last year, it's relevant to Pistons fans since they have a pick in the first round.

At No. 8, Mannix has the Pistons taking Arizona small forward Stanley Johnson who, at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds drew a comparison to Ron Artest.

In his only season at Arizona Johnson, who has yet to declare for the draft, averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 37.1 percent from 3-point range.

Mannix has Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns going No. 1 to Minnesota and Duke's Jahlil Okafor No. 2 to the Knicks.