Stanley Johnson Injury: Updates on Pistons SF's Shoulder and Return

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Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson suffered a shoulder sprain Feb. 22 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he has been cleared to return to the court.

Continue for updates.

Johnson Active vs. Hornets

Friday, March 11's David Mayo reported Johnson will return against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.

Van Gundy Comments on Johnson's Recovery

Wednesday, March 9

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters Johnson had another MRI on his shoulder, and the results are what they expected

Johnson Has Shown Flashes of Promise in Rookie Season

Johnson was rated as the top 2-guard in the 2014 high school class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He lived up to that label as a one-and-done leading scorer at the University of Arizona, which led to his selection at No. 8 overall in the 2015 NBA draft.

After an NBA preseason opener in which he scored 26 points, it was evident Johnson had the skills to thrive at the pro level. Zach Harper of CBS Sports weighed in on Johnson's dazzling debut:

He was averaging nine points and 4.2 rebounds a night for the Pistons before the injury.

Major injuries aren't something Johnson has dealt with in the past, and it helps that he's thickly built with a 6'7", 245-pound frame. That ought to help the 19-year-old absorb physical punishment and keep him durable moving forward, even after the latest setback.