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Wes Johnson | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 215
College: Syracuse
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Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.
Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues. Nov 24 - 12:41 AM

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Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's game with a mere four points, one rebound, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

Johnson has played the second-most minutes of any Lakers player this season, yet he's scored double-digit points just three times and is shooting an abysmal 31.8 percent from the field. Nick Young's return presents yet another challenge to his fantasy value, and owners can confidently leave him on the waiver wire.
Nov 18 - 10:09 PM

Wesley Johnson tied his season-high in Tuesday's loss, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers.

He added two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 39 minutes of action, and coach Byron Scott continues to show unshakable faith in him as the team's starting SF. He belongs on the waiver wire for now, but his ability to chip in 3-pointers, steals and blocks should keep him on fantasy owners' radars.
Nov 11 - 10:44 PM

Wesley Johnson vowed that he will start playing like "a wild man" when the Lakers host Charlotte on Sunday.

Don't read too much into this, because the guy hasn't been aggressive since he was back at Syracuse. Johnson is still starting at SF for the Lakers, but hasn't been able to do much with his playing time by posting averages of 8.0 points, and 3.2 boards per game in 29 minutes. We will let you know how he fares on Sunday, but he will likely continue to be strictly a deep-league asset.
Nov 8 - 10:50 AM

Wesley Johnson had yet another quiet game on Tuesday, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

He continues to start at SF and playing time hasn't been a problem, but so far Johnson has just one double-digit scoring game in four tries. Johnson's unique multi-cat ability and the Lakers' solid early-season schedule may have prevented owners from cutting him, but he'll be hard to own if he doesn't pick up the pace very soon.
Nov 5 - 2:03 AM

Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, five rebounds, one steal and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.

Johnson hasn't done anything so far this season and it's possible he won't as a bit player now that Kobe Bryant is calling the shots. He might get it going at some point, but for now owners can move on for a hot free agent.
Nov 1 - 2:06 AM

Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
Oct 30 - 3:18 AM

Wes Johnson struggled in a start against Houston on Tuesday in which he scored just seven points while adding two rebounds, and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

He could not stay out of foul trouble and never got it going. He will look to bounce back against Phoenix Wednesday, but owners should be able to find better options, especially considering Nick Young (thumb) will be back in the near future.
Oct 29 - 1:46 AM

Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round.
Oct 22 - 1:01 AM

Wes Johnson (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday and is available to play on Thursday.

He suffered a strain to his patella tendon and did not finish Monday's game. Johnson is going to start for the Lakers and he could be asked to take more 3-pointers. He's a lower-upside player to grab late in drafts due to Nick Young (thumb) missing time.
Oct 8 - 4:18 PM

Wes Johnson (strained left patellar tendon) is "a little sore" but won't be prohibited from practicing, according to Lakers coach Byron Scott.

Tests suggest that Johnson has "a little tendinitis" in his knee but the tendon strain appears to be very minor, and Scott even praised Johnson's play before the injury. "I liked what I saw from Wesley, especially on the defensive end," Scott said. "I got to get him a little bit more involved offensively. But defensively I like what I saw." Johnson has a good chance to start at SF ahead of Nick Young and Xavier Henry, putting him on the map as a late-round pick for those in need of 3-pointers.
Oct 7 - 11:14 AM

Wes Johnson left Monday's game with a strain of his left patella tendon and did not return.

He'll be reevaluated on Tuesday, but it doesn't sound serious. He's excited to be starting at small forward for the Lakers, but if he's going to miss time, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Carlos Boozer or Wayne Ellington could get time at small forward, as Nick Young and Xavier Henry are also injured.

Coach Byron Scott said he expects a lot from Wes Johnson this season.

With the Nick Young (thumb) injury, Johnson is likely going to be a bigger part of the offense. He'll be called upon more in a defensive role, but it's possible he gets 1.5 triples per game in the first month of the season. Wes is a short-term target with decent upside in some formats.
Oct 6 - 11:36 AM

Wes Johnson, who played power forward at times last season, will be used primarily at small forward this year, and he's happy about it.

"I’m back on the wing again," he said on Wednesday. "I get to guard the threes (small forwards), mix it up with the twos (shooting guards). Of his days at power forward last season, he says it was not a good fit. "It was crazy," he said. "I was guarding Blake and banging with Z-Bo (Randolph). That ain’t me. Get me on the wing. I’m very glad to be back." Johnson has the potential to be a decent fantasy player as long as he's starting for the Lakers, making him a decent player to target late in drafts.
Oct 1 - 10:40 PM

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill were scrimmaging together in the first unit at practice on Wednesday.

This has been the expected lineup for a few weeks and Johnson's ability on defense will likely help him get run. However, he's not going to get the ball much and will likely just be taking 3-pointers. He's not quite worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 1 - 4:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeremy Lin
2Ronnie Price
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis