NBA free agency has calmed down, the Las Vegas Summer League is over, and until Team USA starts competing in the Olympics, it is all but the darkest winter on the basketball calendar. But in the sweltering heart of the real world’s summer, by God we’ve got some real basketball highlights again, and from an NBA player, no less.
The Drew League in Los Angeles is firing back up, and it’s always been a reliable source of highlights. This time, it’s rising Pistons sophomore Stanley Johnson who took over a game with a series of pull-up threes and drives to the basket, to the tune of 46 points.
Johnson is one of several L.A. natives participating in the Drew League this year. James Harden, Brandon Jennings, Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young have already been spotted as well, but none has showed out like Johnson quite yet. The wing was spottily effective on defense last season, but was not too much of a participant on offense.
Amazingly, his 46 points came in a losing effort, as his squad lost 97-82 to a team led by a sophomore from San Diego State, Jeremy Hemsley. That’s right, Stanley had over half of his team’s points. Poor Stanley.
(Via Ball is Life)