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Stan Van Gundy points to practice for Stanley Johnson’s lack of playing time

The second-year small forward out of Arizona has found himself out of the rotation for the last few games.

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The saga of Stanley Johnson continues.

Johnson was removed from the rotation as Stan Van Gundy went to Reggie Bullock in search of shooting. Bullock then went down with a torn meniscus. That should have cleared the way for Johnson to find his way back into the rotation, but Van Gundy instead opted to play Darrun Hilliard.

Johnson finally broke his silence about his lack of playing time and Rod Beard of The Detroit News relayed his comments in a tweet.

Stan Van Gundy addressed Johnson’s comments, via Rod Beard.

In short, Stanley’s lack of playing time has been a result of him not working hard enough in practice rather than a result of his lackluster performance on the court offensively. Beard suggests exactly that in this tweet

It is an interesting development in what has been a pretty weird season for Johnson. This was the year that he was supposed to take the next step like some of his draft peers like Karl Anthony-Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and Devin Booker.

Instead Johnson is riding the bench and digging himself a deeper hole. He was suspended for a win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 25 due to a violation of team rules. Now, his coach is questioning his effort in practice.

Hopefully Stanley can get his act together because he is still a 20 year old with a lot of untapped potential.

What are your thoughts DBB?