Wesley Johnson draft profile


Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
6'7, 205 lbs, SF

A wiry, athletic jack-of-all trades,  Johnson came out of nowhere from a transfer to Syracuse to the best player on a highly ranked team.   He helps a team win in so many ways as an ultimate glue guy.  

Johnson curls off screens, flashes to the mid-post, uses the dribble or jab-steps to set up his mid-range game.  When not shooting mid-range jumpers, he uses his athletic ability and quick leaping to get points down low and crashes the offensive glass to get boards.  Johnson also shot well from the three point line at nearly 42%.

However, despite his strengths, a team can't run it's offense through him.  His ball-handling is limited to one or two dribbles either way and pull-up jumper.  Johnson needs to improve his ball handling by adding hesitation dribbles and other more advanced dribble moves on the next level.  While not a bad passer, he needs to improve on his passing in traffic.

On defense, Johnson played in the famous Syracuse zone and spent a lot of time crashing the glass with his athleticism and length.  Even though there is very little zone in the NBA, Johnson has the physical tools to become an excellent man defender at small forward.  He has great quickness, speed, and leaping ability as well as good instincts to play the passing lanes, block shots, and gather rebounds. 

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Overall, Johnson has several great skills that will allow him to become a good third scoring option for any team as long as he is not the primary offensive creator.   He lacks creation ability as a ball-handler with either hand.   However, he shoots well from mid-range and showed the potential to become an outside threat as well.  Johnson plays with high basketball IQ using excellent shot selection and rarely forcing shots.

Right now, Johnson reminds me of a prime Shawn Marion, Gerald Wallace, or Josh Howard.   He would be an ideal threat for any team, and I could envision him making a few All-Star teams if utilized properly.  To me, Johnson deserves to be picked between ranges 4-6 in the draft as several others have the ability to be a little more of a dominant figure than Johnson in the NBA, but lack the skill, unselfishness, and ability to play on both sides of the floor.  Ideally, Johnson would benefit playing for a past face team with playmakers such as the Warriors, Jazz, Clippers, etc..


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  • Curious, is he better or worse than Deng?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I think he can be better due to athleticism if on the right team. I would rather have Shawn Marion during prime than Luol Deng.


    The New Jersey Nets will host a NBA Draft workout this week from Wednesday, June 9 to Friday, June 11 that will consist of 36 draft prospects and 23 NBA teams in attendance. Each day, 12 prospects will work out. There will be two sessions each day with six players in each session.

    The 23 teams that will be in attendance are the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.

    Wednesday, June 9: First Session
    Sherron Collins, Kansas
    * Jon Scheyer, Duke
    Tim Olbrecht, Germany
    Deon Thompson, North Carolina
    Omar Samhan, St. Mary's
    Art Parakhouski, Radford

    Wednesday, June 9: Second Session
    Ben Uzoh, Tulsa
    Rodney Green, La Salle
    Stanley Robinson, UConn
    Darington Hobson, New Mexico
    Dexter Pittman, Texas
    Pablo Aguilar, Spain

    Thursday, June 10: First Session
    Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
    Edwin Jackson, France
    Dwayne Collins, Miami
    Wayne Chism, Tennessee
    Tyler Wilkerson, Marshall
    Jerome Jordan, Tulsa

    Thursday, June 10: Second Session
    Jamar Smith, Southern Indiana
    * Ryan Thompson, Rider
    Sylven Landesberg, Virginia
    Tyren Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette
    * Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech
    Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

    Friday, June 11: First Session
    * Manny Harris, Michigan
    Tajuan Porter, Oregon
    Marquis Gilstrap, Iowa State
    * Ryan Wittman, Cornell
    Brian Zoubek, Duke
    Hamady Ndiaye, Rutgers

    Friday, June 11: Second Session
    Thomas Huertel, France
    Jerome Randle, California
    Ludovic Vaty, France
    Mac Koshwal, DePaul
    Jordan Eglseder, Northern Iowa
    AJ Ogilvy, Vanderbilt

    * These are the players I like for the Bulls, most of which look like 2nd rounders.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    your post is not relevant in any way imaginable.

    Hey man, keep it P.G.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:


    Get a mirror and look in it

    I was just sharing information...lame

  • In reply to MrHappy:
  • In reply to pinkizdead:



    Henry and George are on their way up, so the Bulls' better TRADE-UP just in case.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If we trade up, I'd want Udoh in the equation as well.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Not that an aside in a Hoops World article means anything, but they mention that we like Lawal. I hope that means we buy a 2nd rounder for him.

    It's going to be interesting to see where Torrance goes.

  • In reply to pinkizdead:

    Keep it PG man!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I like Ryan Thompson, Edwin Jackson, Manny Harris, Jamar Smith, Scottie Reynolds, Art, and Darrington Hobson.

  • via The Hoops Report

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