Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Detroit Pistons

Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy Has High Expectations For Stanley Johnson

detroit pistons

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy is working at molding his team into a defensive force.

It doesn’t take much analysis to come to the conclusion that Van Gundy is dedicated to the defensive side of the ball this year.

Yesterday I wrote about Van Gundy’s desire to see Andre Drummond become a defensive force like Los Angeles Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan.

Now, Van Gundy is raising expectations for Stanley Johnson on defense.

“I think now we have a chance to become an elite defensive team and Stanley’s a huge part of that,” Van Gundy told Keith Langlois of NBA.com.

“And then I think it’s for him to really find his offensive game and it takes some guys some time.”

Johnson’s build suggests that he can be a defensive stalwart in the NBA considering his height, build and footwork.

Van Gundy wants to see him take the next step in his defensive development.

“Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, his primary role will be to guard the best forward or a big two guard every night,” Van Gundy said.

“Avery (Bradley) will take on the challenge of guarding the best guard every night and then Andre (Drummond) will take on more responsibility as a defender and that’s our way to becoming an elite defensive team.”

You May Also Like

New Orleans Pelicans

In what has been a hectic and action-packed offseason for the NBA, it can be easy to get caught up in the hoopla of all...

News

The Philadelphia 76ers became the latest NBA team to unveil new uniforms recently, much like the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers unveiled their new uniforms on Tuesday which includes an...

Indiana Pacers

It was a somber day for the Indiana Pacers and their fans when they traded superstar Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a sobering...

News

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is recovering from knee surgery but is currently taking part in non-contact drills and said that he should be ready to participate...