Novemeber 4, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Phoenix Suns small forward Wesley Johnson (2) shoots a layup during the first half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns Report Card: Wesley Johnson


Wesley Johnson (Shooting Guard/Small Forward)

Season Averages:

Min: 19.1|FG%: 40.7|3p%: 32.3|FT%: 77.1|REB: 2.5|AST: 0.7|BLK: 0.4|STL: 0.4|PTS: 8

 

Matt’s Comments: 

Wesley Johnson showed flashes of brilliance throughout the season but was overall unimpressive. The numbers he posted in his 21 starts were below average, especially his 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc as a starter. Johnson was very comfortable shooting jumpers and jump shots accounted for roughly 91% of his shot attempts, unfortunately he made less than 40% of those attempts.

Johnson, despite popular belief, wasn’t exactly good defensively. According to 82games.com, the Suns give up 109.9 points per 48 possessions with Johnson on the court, and 108.9 with him off the court. My biggest issue with Johnson is simply this, his trademark NBA skill is his shooting ability yet he might not even be a top three shooter on the Phoenix Suns roster.

Johnson’s contract is up, and at this point I doubt the Suns are going to bring him back. Lindsey Hunter was almost forced to take Johnson out for a test drive this past season under the circumstances however Johnson’s on-court performance has shown that he indeed WAS NOT a better option than Shannon Brown.

Grade: C-

Eric’s Comments:

I initially liked the trade that gave the Suns Wesley Johnson from Minnesota, and then was disappointed when he didn’t get very many minutes in the first half of the season. He handled the situation professionally and when given his turn, made the most of it.

Johnson could come off screens and shoot lights out, but eventually, with Gortat out and without any other serious weapons offensively, teams could just focus on him and Dragic, which resulted in forced, contested shots.

Unfortunately, Johnson is stuck in a shooting guard logjam for the same position with Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown and probably whoever Phoenix drafts this off-season. They are all about the same talent level with different emphasis and strengths. I hope Johnson comes back next year, and would probably start over whatever rookie they pick, but might lose that spot.

 Grade: B+

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  • Xiaonan Wang

    Never know his NBA trademark coming into the league is 3 point shooting. When did that happen?

    He is truly supposed to be a athletic swing man with decent shooting and elite athleticism. Sad he couldn’t knock down those shots and never show willingness to throw his body into the paint.

    • Matthew

      Wesley Johnson is not a tough player, that’s pretty obvious; he just doesn’t have it in his “Basketball DNA”. As far as his shooting goes, that was one of (If not) the top aspect of his game coming out of college. He shot I believe 42% from downtown during his one year at Syracuse.