"San Diego is beautiful. And the people are beautiful. Everything's beautiful. Even the bums are beautiful. When they panhandle, they hold out a piece of Tiffany glassware for donations." - Rick Majerus
Signed four year, $17,439,473 rookie scale contract with Minnesota. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
29th June, 2011
Minnesota exercised 2012/13 team option.
27th July, 2012
As a part of a three team trade, traded by Minnesota to Phoenix, along with a protected 2014 first round pick, in exchange for a second round pick from Phoenix and two second round picks from New Orleans.
29th October, 2012
Phoenix declined 2013/14 team option.
15th July, 2013
Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with L.A. Lakers.
28th July, 2014
Re-signed by L.A. Lakers to a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
8th July, 2015
Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with L.A. Clippers. Included player option for 2016/17.
DerMarr Johnson proved a long time ago that being an athletic 6'9 shooting guard is only an asset if you do something with it. DerMarr never did, showing himself only to be a jumpshooting specialist who's only average at jumpshooting. (You might also want to keep him away from his similarly heighted namesake, Wesley, who is a bit too similar offensively to DerMarr for comfort.)
I am coming around on the idea that Corey Brewer and Wes Johnson can start together on the wings. Both are ideally small forwards, but between those two and Flynn, the Timberwolves get two ball handlers and enough shooting. Brewer probably won't be able to defend all shooting guards, but I'd rather him do it than Johnson.
Of course, I am only assuming that this is the plan. They might start Luke Ridnour at point guard and bump Flynn to the two. Or bump Flynn to the bench and start Martell Webster at point. Or bench Kevin Love and start Ramon Sessions at power forward. Or bench all of them in favour of the seminal Darko/Love/Pekovic/Hollins/Stiemsma lineup. When you build a roster made of point guards, small forward and power forwards, and make no apparent effort to find any shooting guards, it's hard to figure out the plan.
Pick 4: With their first of 5 picks tonight, Minnesota selects Wesley Johnson from Syracuse. Stu Scott is straight in there with a painfully poignant fact; Johnson is five years older than Favors. Ouch.
Johnson produces the first bad shirt of the night, a yellow number with a white collar and cuffs. He also yields trousers made from an old lady's picnic mat, and the whole ensemble has to be seen to believed.
What has been seen, cannot be unseen.
Johnson is a strange pick for the Timberwolves. They need a shooting guard - in fairness, there is not an elite one in this draft - and they need a big man to replace Al Jefferson upon his increasingly inevitable departure. But Johnson is neither of these things. He is a small forward, and the point is not really debatable. He has a fine jumpshot and is athletic enough even at 6'7 to defend many two guards. But Johnson simply can't dribble. The limit of his dribbling is uncontested dribbles on the fast break, or dribbling in one step to turn a three pointer into a long two. Jay Bilas compares Johnson to Shawn Marion, but it's only true if Shawn Marion played like Anthony Morrow on offense. And he obviously doesn't. Johnson's athleticism and help defense tendencies make him an intriguing defender and rebounder, but even there, he was prone to switching off and can be beaten off the dribble. He was a fine player for Syracuse - I'm from England, and I watch the telly - but he's not a number 4 pick.
After last year's draft, it's refreshing to see David Kahn choose somebody who can't dribble. It's not advisable in a man slated to play guard, though. If Corey Brewer can play shooting guard full time, Johnson slides in nicely as a rebounder and athlete who is able to create his own (jump)shot; however, in spite of all his improvements last year, Brewer can't really do this. And even if he could, it's not optimal.
After the four point guard draft and the Al Jefferson/Kevin Love quandary comes this, the two small forward problem. Minnesota's lineup remains woefully unbalanced.
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