Position: Shooting Guard
Experience: 2 Seasons
This past July, the Phoenix Suns completed a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets. In doing so, they cleared a significant amount of cap space and acquired Wesley Johnson.
The instant reaction to this move was that Johnson was entering a situation in which he could finally find his stride. As loyal fans always do, supporters around Phoenix came out and claimed that this move could go down as one of the steals of the offseason.
Apologies for my pessimism, Suns fans, but that just isn't going to happen.
Wesley Johnson is too slow to defend the average shooting guard. He's also too frail to play small forward. For that reason, the position-less Syracuse alum is bound to struggle as he shifts his play to Phoenix.
Quite frankly, it's difficult to comprehend why Suns fans have high hopes for Johnson. He'll be working alongside former Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Michael Beasley, so a change of scenery isn't exactly in the works.
The same player who he's struggled to build chemistry with for two years will be right beside him for a third year of struggling.
Although it's difficult to label the Suns' trade as a poor one, the player they received should have tempered expectations. He's not in the best situation for his abilities and, to put it simply, nothing has changed from a year ago.
Wesley Johnson will, once again, disappoint in 2012-13.
2011-12 Season Averages
8.08 PER, 6.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 39.8% FG