Wesley Johnson (basketball)

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Wesley Johnson
Wesley Johnson-MN v DET.jpg
Johnson with the Timberwolves
No. 11 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-07-11) July 11, 1987 (age 27)
Corsicana, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Corsicana (Corsicana, Texas)
College Iowa State (2006–2008)
Syracuse (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Minnesota Timberwolves
2012–2013 Phoenix Suns
2013–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Wesley JaMarr Johnson (born July 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Syracuse and Iowa State. He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.[1][2]

High school career[edit]

In high school he averaged 15.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a senior at Corsicana High School. He was a first-team all-district pick in 2004 and 2005. He also played for the Dallas Mustangs AAU team.

College career[edit]

2006–07[edit]

As a freshman at Iowa State, Johnson was named to the Big 12 all-Rookie team and earned honorable mention freshman All-America honors after averaging 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds, starting 30 of 31 games. Johnson's highlights from his freshman year included 14 points and 13 rebounds in win against Missouri, including the game-winner on a tip-in with 1.6 seconds left. He also scored 17 points at No. 10 Texas A&M.

2007–08[edit]

Johnson missed five games and played with an injured ankle throughout the majority of the season. He still was named an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection after averaging 12.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Johnson scored 20 points behind a 5-of-11 effort from 3-point range against eventual NCAA Champion Kansas.[3]

2008–09[edit]

Johnson made the decision to transfer following the 2008 season, and selected Syracuse. Per NCAA transfer rules, he had to sit out the 2008–09 season, leaving him with two years of college eligibility.[4]

2009–10[edit]

Johnson at Syracuse

Johnson became a starter for the Orange in his first year with the team. In November 2009 he was named MVP of the 2K Coaches Classic after scoring 25 points in a Syracuse victory over the No. 6 North Carolina.[5] Johnson would score 17 points and grab 10 rebounds as Syracuse knocked off then-No. 10 Florida on December 10, 2009.[6] In his first game of Big East play, Johnson scored 20 points and grabbed a career high 19 rebounds as Syracuse defeated Seton Hall 80–73 on December 29, 2009.[7] Johnson was named Big East Player of the Year on March 9, 2010, finishing with season averages of 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds.[8] On March 29, 2010, Johnson was named a First Team AP All American.[9]

On April 12, 2010, Johnson declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility.[10] He signed with sports agent Rob Pelinka.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

Johnson was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 4th pick in the 2010 NBA draft. On March 18, 2011, Johnson scored a career-high 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting in a loss against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

On July 27, 2012, Johnson was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal.[12] In his first game with the Suns, Johnson scored a three-pointer in a close victory against the Detroit Pistons. Johnson would not gain significant playing time with the Suns until Lindsey Hunter took over as head coach for the team. On February 26, 2013, Johnson recorded 14 points, along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in an 84-83 victory against his former team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. A day later, Johnson made a game-tying three-pointer from a long pass by Jermaine O'Neal that helped the Suns win 105-101 in overtime against the San Antonio Spurs. On March 1, 2013, Johnson scored a season high 15 points and added six rebounds and two steals in a 92-87 victory against the Atlanta Hawks.

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

On July 15, 2013, Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.[13] In his first season with the Lakers, Johnson averaged career highs in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. He was one of only eight players in the league to average at least 1 block and 1 steal per game, and the only perimeter player to do so. He had four games where he scored 20 or more points, the most since his rookie season. On November 29, 2013, Johnson recorded 27 points, along with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks, in a 106-102 victory against the Detroit Pistons. He tallied four double-doubles over the course of the season, a career high.

On July 28, 2014, Johnson re-signed with the Lakers on a one-year deal.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Minnesota 79 63 26.2 .397 .356 .696 3.0 1.9 .7 .7 9.0
2011–12 Minnesota 65 64 22.6 .398 .314 .706 2.7 .9 .5 .7 6.0
2012–13 Phoenix 50 21 19.1 .407 .323 .771 2.5 .7 .4 .4 8.0
2013–14 Los Angeles 79 62 28.4 .425 .369 .792 4.4 1.6 1.1 1.0 9.1
Career 273 210 24.7 .408 .346 .739 3.3 1.3 .7 .7 8.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dana O'Neil: Big East early season review – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. December 23, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jay Bilas' Midseason All-American team – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. January 12, 2010. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wesley Johnson – Iowa State University Athletics Official Web Site – www.CYCLONES.com – The home of Iowa State Cyclone Sports". www.CYCLONES.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Daily Orange – MBB | Syracuse lands Iowa State transfer Johnson". Media.www.dailyorange.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ "North Carolina vs. Syracuse - Recap - November 20, 2009 - College Basketball - SI.com". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Syracuse Orange vs. Florida Gators – Box Score – December 10, 2009 – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. December 10, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Prudential Center, Newark, NJ (December 29, 2009). "Syracuse Orange vs. Seton Hall Pirates – Box Score – December 29, 2009 – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dennis Nett / The Post-Standard. "Syracuse's Wes Johnson wins Big East Player of the Year. On March 29, 2010 Wes Johnson was selected to AP All American. | syracuse.com". Blog.syracuse.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Wes-Johnson-makes-AP-All-American-team/3bmiBqS9R0ymLLOSYmIgvQ.cspx
  10. ^ http://blog.syracuse.com/orangebasketball/2010/04/wes_johnson_leaves_his_home_in.html
  11. ^ Mullen, Liz (2010-05-11). "Pelinka Signs Two Potential NBA Lottery Picks; Falk Inks Monroe". SportsBusiness Daily. Street & Smith. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  12. ^ "Suns Acquire Johnson and Pick, Trade Lopez and Warrick". NBA.com. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Lakers Sign Wesley Johnson". NBA.com. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lakers Sign Wesley Johnson". NBA.com. July 28, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 

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