Stanley Johnson goes 0-for-13 in first game of season vs. Hornets
Heading into his third year in the league, Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson has his eyes set on putting together a breakout campaign.
However, Johnson didn’t get off on the right foot in the season opener on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, as he missed all 13 of his shot attempts.
Stanley Johnson went 0-13 tonight. Per Elias, that's the worst opening-night shooting performance in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) pic.twitter.com/qqMioKFBr4
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 19, 2017
Much of Johnson’s struggles came on shots from beyond the arc that contributed his shooting woes on the night. Although it was a disappointing performance, it shows a willingness on his behalf to be a factor offensively for the Pistons.
That said, Detroit was able to more than get by with Johnson’s lack of offensive production as Tobias Harris had a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Reggie Jackson recorded 13 points, and offseason addition Avery Bradley had 15 points in his official debut. Andre Drummond also had a near double-double with eight points and 13 rebounds.
There is plenty motivation for the 21-year-old to have a breakout season after a noticeable dip in production in his second campaign where he averaged just 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in just 17.3 minutes per game. Johnson will have an opportunity to bounce back on Friday night in the first road game of the season against the Washington Wizards.