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Stanley Johnson among NBA rookies expected to win Rookie of the Year

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Stanley Johnson finished in the top four in voting for NBA rookies most likely to win the Rookie of the Year award for the 2015-16 campaign, according to an annual survey given to NBA rookies.

The 19-year-old captured 19.4 percent of the votes from his peers, which was good enough for second place. He trailed behind only the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor; the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft came in first place by capturing 41.9 percent of the votes.

Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, came in third place with 12.9 percent of the votes. Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets and D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers tied for fourth place; they each received 9.7 percent of the votes.

A total of 36 rookies were administered the survey. Upon choosing their candidate for Rookie of the Year, the rookies were not allowed to vote for themselves or any of their teammates.

Johnson’s impressive showing at Orlando Summer League during the 2015 offseason no doubt contributed to the outcome of the voting. The small forward averaged 17.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, scoring at least 13 points in each of his first four games alone. He did so while going up against the likes of other first-round draft picks, including the Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow, among others.

As a result of Summer League, Johnson became NBA.com’s highest-ranked rookie going into training camp in July. He has continued to impress in October during preseason action.

Johnson showed flashes of rookie-of-the-year potential during his very first NBA preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Oct. 6, according to DetroitBadBoys.com. That night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, he scored a total of 26 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Johnson’s peers are not the only ones who think he has a chance to win the award.

Johnson is all set to play in his very first NBA regular-season game on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The Detroit Pistons visit the Atlanta Hawks in Philips Arena for their season-opener. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. EST.

Stanley Johnson was born on May 29, 1996 in Anaheim, Calif. He is 6-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 245 pounds. He was taken by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He played college basketball at the University of Arizona.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.
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