The Phoenix Suns officially introduced newly acquired swingman Wesley Johnson yesterday at the U.S Airways Center. It’s already been revealed that Wesley Johnson will be wearing the number 2 which reminds me of the last time a Johnson wore number 2 for the Suns; Joe Johnson.
Wesley Johnson has struggled through his first two years in Minnesota after being drafted 4th in the 2010 NBA draft. Johnson was a star in college after transferring to Syracuse where he averaged 16.5 points a game, and pulled down 8.5 boards a game. Not to mention he shot a very impressive 50% from the field overall, 41% from downtown, and 77% from the free throw line.
Wesley Johnson spent his first two years of college at Iowa State where he had a good freshman year but had a disappointing sophomore year. Johnson claimed the reason for his struggles were because of his comfort level and Johnson most the time seemed out of place in Minnesota as well. “It wasn’t a fit. It wasn’t meshing right. They had different roles they wanted me to fit and it wasn’t working out. I tried to go out and do the best I could but all-around it just wasn’t a good fit.” Johnson tells the Arizona Republic. Johnson played out of position in Minnesota playing at the shooting guard spot when his natural position is the small forward spot.
There are a lot of similarities between the two Johnsons that’s wore the number 2 in the Suns uniform, both of them struggled during their early days as an NBA player. Just like Wesley Johnson, Joe Johnson struggled in his first two seasons to find his game. Wesley Johnson will be headed into his third season in the NBA and playing in an open offensive system on the Suns should do wonders for his offense.
Wesley Johnson will need to prove his doubters wrong this season; Johnson is older than most 3rd year players as he’s already 25 years old. Johnson will need to prove to the NBA world that he belongs in the NBA and he’s capable of being the player he was in college in NBA. Johnson is certainly talented but it takes more than talent to be successful in the NBA, I think we all know that.