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Free Agency 2019

NBA Free Agency 2019: Fast facts on Raptors reported free agent acquisition Stanley Johnson

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Stanley Johnson (NBA Getty Images)

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Toronto Raptors have agreed to the terms of a two-year deal with forward Stanley Johnson.

Per Charania, the deal is worth $7.5 million and includes a player option for the second year.

Who is Johnson and what will he bring to the table? Here are some fast facts on the former lottery pick…

Background

Johnson was born on May 29, 1996 in Anaheim, Calif. He would go on to attend Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif., where he enjoyed a very decorated high school career.

As a high school senior, Johnson was named California's Mr. Basketball, a Parade All-American and was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic as well as the Nike Hoop Summit.

As a consensus five-star recruit, Johnson was ranked as high as No. 3 (Scout) in the class of 2014 and committed to play at the University of Arizona.

College Career

Leading into his freshman year at Arizona, most expected Johnson to be a one-and-done prospect.

In his lone season with the Wildcats, Johnson earned that billing and then some. At just 18-years-old, he started in 37 of a possible 38 games, averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals while playing just over 28 minutes per game.

His performance earned him a number of honours including Pac 12 All-Freshman Team, First-Team All Pac 12, Pac 12 Freshman of the Year, Third-Team All-America (NABC) and the Julius Erving Award, which is given to the nation's top small forward.

The Wildcats were eliminated in the Elite Eight and Johnson declared for the NBA Draft on April 23, 2015.

NBA Draft

Leading up to the NBA Draft, Johnson was ranked as the No. 11 prospect on ESPN's Big Board.

An impressive athlete, Johnson measured at 6'6.5" with shoes and weighed in at 241.8 pounds with just 7.5% body fat. Johnson's projection as an elite defender at the next level resulted in the Detroit Pistons using the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 Draft to select him.

NBA Career

Johnson just wrapped his fourth NBA season. In 285 career games, he's averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

He spent the first three and a half seasons with Detroit before a trade deadline deal saw him get traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in Feb. 2019.

As a rookie, Johnson made his lone playoff appearance, where he was tasked with trying to slow down LeBron James. He showed no fear, but ultimately James and the Cavaliers swept the Pistons en route to winning the 2016 NBA title.

Johnson's best season was the 2017-18 season, where he averaged a career-high 8.7 points to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game.

What He Brings

In his report, Charania added that Johnson has developed a reputation as a strong defender in the NBA this season, he earned recognition as one of the best perimeter defenders in this free agent class.

Johnson's offensive game could use polishing, he's posted career shooting splits of 37.4% from the field and 29.3% from beyond the arc. Developing alongside OG Anunoby and under the Raptors coaching staff should add new dimensions to his game.

With his size and strength, Johnson has the ability to guard both forward positions and adds depth to a Raptors team that will be revamped this upcoming season.

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