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Wesley Johnson - SF, 6'7, 215
Los Angeles Clippers - Signed as a free agent in July 2015
       Date of birth: 07/11/1987
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 4th pick, 2010
     Out of: Syracuse
  NBA Experience: 7 years
  Hand: Right




Date
League
Transaction
2010 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 4th overall by Minnesota.
12th July, 2010 NBA Signed four year, $17,439,473 rookie scale contract with Minnesota. Included team options for 2012/13 and 2013/14.
29th June, 2011 NBA Minnesota exercised 2012/13 team option.
27th July, 2012 NBA As a part of a three team deal, traded by Minnesota to Phoenix, along with a protected 2014 first round pick (converted to 2016 and 2017 second round picks; #35, 2016, Rade Zagorac; #37, 2017, Semi Ojeleye), in exchange for a 2014 second round pick from Phoenix (#36, Johnny O'Bryant), as well as a 2013 second round pick (#52, Lorenzo Brown) and a 2016 second round pick (the same pick as above, thus further obligations are extinguished) from New Orleans.
29th October, 2012 NBA Phoenix declined 2013/14 team option.
15th July, 2013 NBA Signed a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with L.A. Lakers.
28th July, 2014 NBA Re-signed by L.A. Lakers to a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
8th July, 2015 NBA Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with L.A. Clippers. Included player option for 2016/17.
1st June, 2016 NBA Declined 2016/17 player option.
7th July, 2016 NBA Re-signed by L.A. Clippers to a three year, $17,643,780 contract. Included player option for 2018/19.
When: Where:
2006 - 2008 Iowa State (NCAA)
2008 - 2010 Syracuse (NCAA)
June 2010 - July 2012 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
July 2012 - June 2013 Phoenix Suns (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2015 L.A. Lakers (NBA)
July 2015 - present L.A. Clippers (NBA)
From blog:


   Anybody Wanna See Second Prize? Second Prize Is A Set Of Steak Knives.....
2010-10-01

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.)

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   Creative Financing in the NBA, 2010
2010-08-12

Of the aforementioned 29 players signed so far, all but Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Gordon Hayward, Avery Bradley, Craig Brackins, Quincy Pondexter and Lazar Hayward have performance incentives in their contracts. This means that the top three picks all have them, as do most of the ones below them. So when I say it is standard practice to have performance incentives in rookie scale contracts, I am not just yanking your crank. It really is.

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: Minnesota Timberwolves
2010-07-14

Wesley Johnson

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.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto
2017-06-29

Wesley Johnson
SF, 6’7, 215lbs, 29 years old, 7 years of experience

Very poor season in which he shot a true shooting percentage of .448%, 434th in the league amongst all players and eighth last amongst qualified ones and was not noteworthy defensively either. Completely lost his outside shot and made no inroads into his long-standing ball handling limitations, finishing inability or his fear of contact around the basket. Johnson would be a ‘projectable’ three-and-D role player given his length and athleticism were he not 29 and regressing. Not a creator, finisher, slasher or cutter, and whereas he should be a defender and transition threat, he is just neither aggressive nor confident enough. Lost his place to Mbah A Moute and lost it emphatically.

Player Plan: One guaranteed year at $5,881,260, then one player option year at $6,134,520. Surely no trade market for him other than as a filler contract, but assets are too few and far between to merit attaching one to him to salary dump. Keep, look to dump for the right price, hope for a redux, and be prepared to stretch.

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   Sham's 2010 NBA Draft Night Recap, Part 1
2010-06-27

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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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 3rd December 2017
2017-12-03

Johnson, who has been in one of his career’s best ever stretches and possibly the single best ever, continues to perform above his salary slot and expectation. He is racking up the defensive statistics (a block and a steal per game), while also shooting a career second-best 36.1% from three-point range. From a fantasy point of view, that is a 26.9 fantasy point average over the last seven games, and while his price has increased to reflect this, it has not done so by much.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 22nd November 2017
2017-11-22

His team lost once again, but Johnson once again came through. A 13 point, 4 rebound, 2 assist, 2 steal, 1 block night yielded another 25.8 fantasy points for Johnson, and an average of 33.9 fantasy points over his last three games. It won’t last. It can’t last. But it is not to be ignored.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 20th November 2017
2017-11-20

Johnson is doing better than usual on the embattled Clippers. He has not the talent to stop the rot, and his offensive talents remain highly marginal, especially since he has not shot the three-pointer well this season (28.2%). Yet in averaging 4.0 rebounds to go along with nearly a steal and a block per game, Johnson yields an 18 point fantasy average over the last ten, stand-out value in this price range. And while the 15 point, 7 rebound, 4 assist, 4 block, 3 steal, 50.2 fantasy point career night performance contained within that span is a clear-cut anomaly driving up the average, who else at this price gets enough minutes to even approach that?

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 22nd January 2018
2018-01-22

Also struggling with injuries are the Clippers, who have given [Montrezl] Harrell much more time at the centre spot in the absence of DeAndre Jordan, and who are quite prepared to let Johnson catch and shoot some of Lou Williams’s passes amid his season-long Allen Iverson impression. Harrell was quieter than usual last time out, but his 16.6 fantasy point performance took his five game average down only to a still-impressive 29.3 fantasy points per game, while Johnson has seen his fantasy point total increase for five consecutive games now, averaging 24.8 over the last four. Both will get more chances tonight, and with their prices stagnated, both should be on your radar, especially Harrell.

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