Aaron Gordon shredded the competition on Tuesday, and Stanley Johnson followed it up with another masterful performance of his own. Although this time it was at the expense of former Wildcat Solomon Hill.
Stanley had a double-double and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks. He went 8-15 from the field, and 4-7 from the free throw line. He did miss his only three-point attempt, but it didn't really matter that much since he was able to get to the rim whenever he wanted.
Scoring aside, I think the most impressive part of this performance were the plays he made on the defensive end. He was very aggressive in passing lanes, resulting in three steals, and he also had some monstrous blocks, including one on Solomon Hill.
Stanley's best play of the game was when he came out of nowhere to reject what seemed to be a wide-open, uncontested dunk. Thankfully, Solo wasn't the victim on this block.
As always, here are the highlights from his performance:
Through four Summer League games, Stanley is averaging 17.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.0 ASTs, 2.2 STLs, and 0.8 BLKs. He's shooting an incredible 64.3% from the field and 44% from three. You could argue that Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson have been the best two players in Summer League, though Myles Turner certainly could be included in there as well.
As encouraging as Stanley's performance was, Solomon Hill's was equally discouraging.
To be frank, Solomon Hill is a third-year player now, and should be excelling in the Summer League, not struggling. On Wednesday, he played 27 minutes, and had just two points and four rebounds.
Solo's Summer League averages are not pretty, to say the least. In four games, he's averaging 4.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, and 1.7 ASTs, and 0.3 STLs. He's also shooting a dismal 18.2% from the field, and has missed all five of his three-point attempts.
If he were a rookie, his struggles would be concerning, but not necessarily alarming. However, he's going into his third NBA season, the season in which players usually breakout, and Summer League should be easy for him. Yet, it's been the complete opposite of that.
Hopefully he can bounce back and have a strong finish.