Stanely Johnson not only has ties old ties to the Los Angeles Lakers, the former Arizona small forward gave yet another Lakers-centric revelation during his interview rounds at the NBA Draft combine: Like many children growing up in Southern California, Johnson grew up dreaming of being drafted by the Lakers.
Stanley Johnson grew up in a Lakers family. What if they drafted him? "As a little kid that's the dream, but right now it's a business"— Bill Oram (@billoram) May 14, 2015
While Johnson did clarify that he understands the NBA is a business, he is certainly not lacking for confidence, a trait displayed by many of the great Lakers (and NBA players overall) of the past:
Stanley Johnson: "I'm the best player in the draft"— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) May 14, 2015
Our writers disagreed, with Johnson not making the top-seven on our Silver Screen and Roll consensus draft board, being knocked off the board by Croatian sensation Mario Hezonja. Many pegged Johnson as a sure thing to be taken in the top-five before the college season, but his shooting struggles over the course of the year have hurt his draft stock considerably.