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Wesley Johnson

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Biography

Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 79 games (62 starts) for the Lakers in his fourth NBA season, averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks in 28.4 minutes... Scored 16 points 11/7 at HOU … Tallied 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals 11/13 at DEN … Totaled 27 points (9-11 FG), 6 rebounds and 3 blocks 11/29 at DET …Finished with 13 points and a career-high 5 steals 12/6 at SAC … Finished with 17 points and 4 rebounds 1/7 at DAL …Scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds 1/14 vs. CLE … Totaled 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals 1/15 at PHX … Collected a career-high 11 rebounds with 11 points 1/17 at BOS for his first career double-double … Scored 20 points (4-7 3FG) and grabbed 9 rebounds 2/5 at CLE …Recorded 17 points and tied a career-high with 5 steals 2/7 at PHI … Had 15 points and 6 rebounds 2/11 vs. UTA … Scored 19 points 2/13 vs. OKC … Finished with 24 points (9-13 FG) and seven rebounds 2/19 vs. HOU … Notched 18 points (4-8 3FG) 2/26 at MEM … Pulled down 12 rebounds (11 defensive) to go with 12 points 2/28 vs. SAC … Totaled 14 points (7-11 FG), including eventual game-winner, 3/3 at POR … Grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with 8 points 4/2 at SAC … Tallied a career-high 15 rebounds with 15 points 4/13 vs. MEM … Recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals 4/14 at UTA … Recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds 4/16 at SAS … Had four double-doubles … Totaled 35 games of 10+ points … Finished with four games of 20+ points.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: Appeared in 50 games (21 starts) with Phoenix, averaging 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.1 minutes ... As a starter, averaged 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 29.2 minutes ... Scored in double-figures 17 times including three 20+ point games ... Recorded 14 points, a career-high nine rebounds, three assists and two steals 2/26 vs. Minnesota ... Totaled 14 points, a career-high nine rebounds and two steals 3/18 vs. LA Lakers ... Posted seven points and a season-high four assists 3/22 vs. Minnesota ... Finished with 21 points (season-high five 3FGM), five rebounds and two steals 3/24 vs. BKN ... Scored a season-high 22 points (8-16 FG) while posting a season-high three steals 3/27 at Utah ... Scored 20 points (7-15 FG) 4/3 at LA Clippers ... Posted 12 points, seven rebounds and a season-high two blocks 4/15 vs. Houston.

2011-12: Following his second NBA season, both in Minnesota, played for the Timberwolves’ 2012 Las Vegas Summer League entry… In five games in Vegas, averaged 20.5 points, one of nine players to average 20 or more… Shot 48.3 percent from the floor overall, including 45.0 percent from three-point range… In the NBA regular season, averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 22.6 minutes in 65 games (career-high and team-high 64 starts)… Split time at the small forward position with Michael Beasley, 2011 No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams and others… Shot 39.8 percent overall for the season, but closed the season strong by shooting 45.1 percent of his shots in the month of April (13 games)… Shot 31.4 percent from three-point range overall, but made 40.7 percent (35-of-86) of his long range attempts after the All-Star break… Led the team in blocked shots (48) and blocked 38 shots in the season’s final 38 games… Registered nine double-digit scoring efforts, including a season-high 19 points March 7 vs. Portland… Grabbed a career-high tying eight rebounds Feb. 3 at New Jersey… Jan. 2 vs. San Antonio, went a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor en route to 14 points… Missed one game due to illness (Jan. 23)… Acquired by the Suns in a three-team deal on July 27, 2012, along with a protected 2013 first-round pick from Minnesota and the contracts of Brad Miller and Jerome Dyson from New Orleans; in exchange, the Suns sent Robin Lopez (signed and traded), Hakim Warrick and cash considerations to New Orleans, and a 2014 second round pick (acquired from LA Lakers) to Minnesota; New Orleans sent Minnesota a pair of second-round picks, one in 2013 (acquired from Brooklyn) and another in 2016 (acquired from Minnesota in an earlier trade).

2010-11: His first season in the NBA was highlighted by a 25-point performance in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on Feb. 18 at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles… Appeared in a team-high 79 games, including 63 starts; he ranked 6th among rookies in scoring (9.0 ppg), 3rd in three-point accuracy (35.6%), 6th in steals (0.73 spg), 3rd in blocks (0.68 bpg) and 6th in minutes played (26.2 mpg)… Shot 39.7% from the floor and 69.6% from the FT line while grabbing 3.0 rpg… Broke Stephon Marbury's franchise rookie record (102 in 1996-97) by drilling 103 treys on the season… Poured in a game- and season-high 29 points Mar. 18 at the Lakers, equaling the most by a Wolves rookie since Marbury tallied 33 vs. Utah on Dec. 23, 1996… It was one of four times he led Minnesota in scoring and one of five 20+ efforts… Tied his season high with eight rebounds Mar. 1 vs. the L.A. Lakers, and swiped a season-high four steals Feb. 27 vs. Golden State… Blocked a season-high four shots Feb. 8 at Houston, and tied his season best with five assists Feb. 7 at New Orleans… Came off the bench Jan. 9 at San Antonio, ending a run of 33 consecutive starts that began Nov. 3 in Orlando… Registered 24 points Dec. 27 vs. New Orleans; his six 3-pointers tied Marbury's club rookie record (Apr. 2, 1997 vs. New Jersey)… Played a season-high 42:46 on Dec. 8 vs. Oklahoma City.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by Minnesota in the first round (fourth overall pick) in the 2010 NBA Draft... As part of a 3-team trade on July 27, 2012, traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with a future 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New Orleans Hornets traded a future 2nd round draft pick, a future 2nd round draft pick and a future 2nd round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the New Orleans Hornets traded Jerome Dyson and Brad Miller to the Phoenix Suns; and the Phoenix Suns traded Robin Lopez, Hakim Warrick and cash to the New Orleans Hornets... Signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 15, 2013... Signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on July 28, 2014

COLLEGE:
Named a First Team All-American as a junior by Fox Sports, the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association... Named the ECAC Division I Player of the Year... Was a member of the Big 12 Conference All-Rookie Team... 2009-10: Averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds on the season leading the Orange in both categories... One of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy awarded to the men's college basketball player of the year... Started all 35 games... Named the 2K Sports Classic MVP after averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in SU’s wins over California and North Carolina... Named a midseason All-American by ESPN.com's Jay Bilas on Jan. 12 and the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy on Jan. 14... Johnson took home the Big East Player of the Year Award and was voted by the conference's head coaches to the All-Big East Conference First Team... Notched his 12th double-double of the season against Gonzaga in second round NCAA Tournament action... Scored a career high 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds leading the Orange to the win... Scored 19 points and tallied nine rebounds in the Sweet 16 game against eventual National Runner-up Butler... 2008-09: Transferred to Syracuse University from Iowa State and, per NCAA rules, sat out the 2008-09 campaign... 2007-08: Saw action in 27 games for the Cyclones, starting 25 of them... Missed five contests and was slowed for most of the campaign by an ankle injury... Despite the injury, he was named honorable mention All-Big 12, averaging 12.4 points and 4.0 rebounds... Posted his lone double-double of the season against Missouri, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds... Scored a career best 24 points the next day against Oklahoma City, his second of four straight 20+ point games... 2006-07: Collegehoops.net recognized him with honorable mention freshman All-America honors... Started 30-of-31 games and averaged 12.3 points and 7.9 rebounds... Named Big 12 Player of the Week and Big 12 Rookie of the Week once... Posted 11 double-doubles, including four in a row, to rank second in the conference... Had six straight double-digit rebound games, starting with a matchup against Southeast Missouri State and continuing through contest at Colorado... Knocked down five three-pointers and finished with 17 points against Missouri... Scored a season high 22 points against Nebraska.

PERSONAL:
Full name is Wesley JaMarr Johnson... He is the son of Robert and Mary Johnson... He has a brother, Craig Carroll, and a sister, Rhonda Smith... Majored in communications and rhetorical studies... Played at Corsicana High School for Coach Andy Dotson... Ranked 47th among seniors by Rivals.com entering his senior campaign... Averaged 15.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a senior... Named the 2005 Golden Circle Defensive Player of the Year and was a first-team All-District selection in 2004 and 2005.

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