Wesley Johnson -- #2 SG/SF

Age: 25

Hometown: Corsicana, Texas

Birthday: July 11, 1987

Height: 6-7

Weight: 215

Position: SG/SF

Experience: 2 years

Draft: 2010, fourth overall by Minnesota

College: Syracuse

2012-13 Salary$4,285,560

Time (MST)/Result
Wed, Oct 30Portland104-91FSAZ1-0
Fri, Nov 1Utah87-84FSAZ2-0
Sun, Nov 3at Oklahoma City96-103NBA TV/FSAZ2-1
Tue, Nov 5at New Orleans104-98FSAZ3-1
Wed, Nov 6at San Antonio96-99FSAZ3-2
Fri, Nov 8Denver114-103FSAZ4-2
Sun, Nov 10New Orleans101-94FSAZ5-2
Wed, Nov 13at Portland89-90FSAZ5-3
Fri, Nov 15Brooklyn98-100FSAZ5-4
Tue, Nov 19at Sacramento104-107FSAZ5-5
Wed, Nov 20Sacramento106-113FSAZ5-6
Fri, Nov 22at Charlotte98-91FSAZ6-6
Sun, Nov 24at Orlando104-96NBA TV/FSAZ7-6
Mon, Nov 25at Miami92-107FSAZ7-7
Wed, Nov 27Portland120-106FSAZ8-7
Fri, Nov 29at Utah112-101FSAZ9-7
Sat, Nov 30Utah104-112FSAZ9-8
Tue, Dec 3at Memphis91-110FSAZ9-9
Wed, Dec 4at Houston97-88FSAZ10-9
Fri, Dec 6Toronto106-97FSAZ11-9
Tue, Dec 10at LA Lakers114-108FSAZ12-9
Fri, Dec 13Sacramento116-107FSAZ13-9
Sun, Dec 15Golden State106-102FSAZ14-9
Wed, Dec 18San Antonio101-108FSAZ15-9
Fri, Dec 20at Denver103-99FSAZ15-10
Sat, Dec 21Dallas123-108FSAZ16-10
Mon, Dec 23LA Lakers117-90FSAZ17-10
Fri, Dec 27at Golden State86-115FSAZ17-11
Sat, Dec 28Philadelphia115-101FSAZ18-11
Mon, Dec 30at LA Clippers107-88FSAZ19-11
Thu, Jan 2Memphis91-99FSAZ19-12
Sat, Jan 4Milwaukee116-100FSAZ20-12
Tue, Jan 7at Chicago87-92FSAZ20-13
Wed, Jan 8at Minnesota104-103ESPN/FSAZ21-13
Fri, Jan 10at Memphis104-99FSAZ21-14
Sat, Jan 11at Detroit110-108FSAZ21-15
Mon, Jan 13at New York98-96FSAZ21-16
Wed, Jan 15LA Lakers121-114FSAZ22-16
Fri, Jan 17Dallas110-107FSAZ22-17
Sun, Jan 19Denver117-103FSAZ23-17
Wed, Jan 22Indiana124-100ESPN/FSAZ24-17
Fri, Jan 24Washington101-95FSAZ24-18
Sun, Jan 26at Cleveland99-90FSAZ25-18
Mon, Jan 27at Philadelphia124-113FSAZ26-18
Wed, Jan 29at Milwaukee126-117FSAZ27-18
Thu, Jan 30at Indiana102-94FSAZ28-18
Sat, Feb 1Charlotte7 p.m.FSAZ
Tue, Feb 4Chicago7 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Feb 5at Houston6 p.m.FSAZ
Sat, Feb 8Golden State7 p.m.FSAZ
Tue, Feb 11Miami7 p.m.FSAZ
Tue, Feb 18at Denver7 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Feb 19Boston7 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Feb 21San Antonio7 p.m.FSAZ
Sun, Feb 23Houston6 p.m.FSAZ
Tue, Feb 25Minnesota7 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Feb 26at Utah7 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Feb 28New Orleans8:30 p.m.ESPN/FSAZ
Sun, Mar 2Atlanta6 p.m.FSAZ
Tue, Mar 4LA Clippers7 p.m.FSAZ
Thu, Mar 6Oklahoma City7 p.m.FSAZ
Sun, Mar 9at Golden State6 p.m.NBA TV/FSAZ
Mon, Mar 10at LA Clippers7:30 p.m.NBA TV/FSAZ
Wed, Mar 12Cleveland7 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Mar 14at Boston4:30 p.m.FSAZ
Sun, Mar 16at Toronto10 a.m.FSAZ
Mon, Mar 17at Brooklyn4:30 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Mar 19Orlando7 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Mar 21Detroit7 p.m.FSAZ
Sun, Mar 23at Minnesota12:30 p.m.FSAZ
Mon, Mar 24at Atlanta4:30 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Mar 26at Washington4 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Mar 28New York7 p.m.FSAZ
Sun, Mar 30at LA Lakers6:30 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Apr 2LA Clippers7 p.m.FSAZ
Fri, Apr 4at Portland7 p.m.FSAZ Plus
Sun, Apr 6Oklahoma City6 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Apr 9at New Orleans5 p.m.FSAZ Plus
Fri, Apr 11at San Antonio5:30 p.m.FSAZ
Sat, Apr 12at Dallas5:30 p.m.NBA TV/FSAZ Plus
Mon, Apr 14Memphis7 p.m.FSAZ
Wed, Apr 16at Sacramento7:30 p.m.FSAZ Plus
2Eric BledsoePG/SG236-1195Kentucky
26Shannon BrownSG276-4210Michigan State
25Dionte ChristmasSG276-5205Temple
1Goran DragicPG/SG276-3190Slovenia
8Channing FryePF/C306-11245Arizona
20Archie GoodwinPG/SG196-5198Kentucky
4Marcin GortatC296-11240Poland
14Gerald GreenSF276-8210Gulf Shores
55Viacheslav KravtsovC266-11254Ukraine
30Malcolm LeeSG236-5200UCLA
12Kendall MarshallPG226-4195North Carolina
21Alex LenC207-1255Maryland
15Marcus MorrisSF/PF246-9235Kansas
11Markieff MorrisPF246-10245Kansas
James NunnallySG/SF236-7205UC Santa Barbara
22Miles PlumleeC256-11255Duke
3Ish SmithPG256-0175Wake Forest
17P.J. TuckerSF286-5225Texas

Consult our advanced stats page for a glossary and discussion of the preceding metrics.

Season Outlook: Wesley Johnson has not played anywhere near the level that’s expected of a No. 4 overall pick. In two years, he went from a guy with limitless potential to a guy who was essentially traded as an offseason salary dump.

Under Alvin Gentry, he gets a much-needed opportunity to resurrect his career, or better yet prove he even is worthy of having a career in the NBA. It’ll have to be earned though, as Johnson is expected to back up Michael Beasley at small forward and also provide the Suns with versatility at shooting guard if need be.

Although he is only a career 34 percent shooter from three-point range, if Johnson is going right he can be a big asset off the bench a la Jared Dudley during the 2009-10 season. But if Johnson really wants to earn more than 10-15 minutes a night, he needs to make an impact outside of hitting the occasional jump shot. Grab a rebound, force a big turnover, make an assist to a cutting teammate. The kind of things that made him the Big East Player of the Year for 2009-10 season.

Otherwise P.J. Tucker will be happy to scoop up the extra minutes. – Dave Dulberg

Biography: Wesley Johnson is originally from the great state of Texas. He played his high school ball for Corsicana High and averaged 15.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks during his senior season. He stayed in the Midwest for college, accepting a scholarship to Iowa State.

Johnson started 30 games his freshman year. He averaged 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds and earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Freshman team. The Cyclones, however, missed out on the NCAA Tournament. He continued his strong play the following year, but the Cyclones had another disappointing season before Johnson transferred to Syracuse and sat out the 2008-09 season.

Under coach Jim Boeheim, Johnson blossomed into one of the best players in the country. He raised his stats to 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He won Big East Player of the Year and was named a First Team All-American. While some speculated he was leaving college too early after just a single season as an elite college player, Wesley declared for the 2010 NBA draft instead of returning to Syracuse for his senior year. The Minnesota Timberwolves vindicated that decision by selecting Johnson with the fourth overall pick.

While Johnson has started most of Minnesota’s games over the last two seasons, the general impression of his play thus far has been disappointment. After averaging double figures in all three of his college seasons, Johnson has posted averages of 9.0 and 6.0 points per game the past two years. His production on the boards has been lackluster as well, having never averaged more than 3.0 per game. The Timberwolves traded Johnson to Phoenix on July 27, 2012, as part of multi-player three-team trade that sent Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick to New Orleans.

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Links to ValleyoftheSuns coverage of Johnson:

Wes Johnson eager to walk down Reclamation Road

Wesley Johnson: An enigma or an asset?

Wesley Johnson excited for ‘new beginning’ in Phoenix after disappointing years in Minnesota

Wes Johnson has a ‘blank slate’ with Phoenix Suns