Analyst: Pistons' Johnson was top rookie in Summer League

The Detroit News
Stanley Johnson

Maybe Stanley Johnson is right. Maybe he will prove to be the best player in the 2015 NBA draft.

ESPN's David Thorpe has a rundown on the NBA Summer League performances of the top picks. He says Johnson, selected by the Pistons at No. 8, "was likely the most impressive guy during summer league from this draft class."

In five games in Orlando, Johnson averaged 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds, and shot 57.7 percent from the floor (30-of-52). He also made 5-of-12 3-pointers for 41.7 percent.

"As a wing, he looked polished with the ball in the open court and while playing/initiating pick-and-roll action," Thorpe says. "Johnson also shot well from the perimeter -- a slight surprise (and awfully small sample size) -- and finished drives, helping him to make close to 60 percent of his shots overall, which is impressive during summer league. His power and aggressiveness helped him look comfortable on offense, a big challenge for most guys in this environment."

Go here for Thorpe's complete report on the top picks (pay site).