Bulls news: forward Stanley Johnson signs a contract

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Free agent forward Stanley Johnson is signing a contract with the Chicago Bulls. In the 2020-21 NBA season, the 25-year-old averaged 4.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 61 games played on the Toronto Raptors. This was an improvement over his 2.4 points-per-game average in the 2019-20 season.

Shooting-wise, he averaged a field goal percentage of 38.2 percent and shot 32.8 percent from three-point range last season. On July 10, 2019, he signed a two-year, $7.42 million contract with Toronto. On March 11, 2020, he was assigned to the Raptors 905 from the NBA G League.

Player records and achievements

While playing professional basketball on the Raptors, he hit his first ever game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers on August 12, 2020; Toronto won 125-121 over Philadelphia. Two days later, in the team’s 117-109 win against the Denver Nuggets, the young forward had a season-high 23 points.

Additionally, on May 13, 2021, in the Raptors’ 114-102 loss, Johnson had a career-high 35 points versus the Bulls. On November 16, 2020, Johnson exercised his player option; he earned $3,804,150 last season. Moreover, the California native was selected eighth overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft. In the team’s 106-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson’s October 27, 2015 debut, he accumulated seven points, four rebounds and three assists.

During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, he averaged eight points per game with the Pistons. His career-high season average in points came in the 2017-18 season, averaging 8.7 points per game in the regular season. Furthermore, as part of a three-team trade, the forward was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans on February 7, 2019.

To add to this, forward Stanley Johnson won gold medals in the 2011 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship, 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2014 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. He also won MVP of the 2014 FIBA tournament.

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