Minnesota Timberwolves: Is Wesley Johnson the Long-Term Answer at SG?

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2011

PHOENIX - DECEMBER 15:  Wesley Johnson #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket over Grant Hill #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 128-122. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Coming into the 2010 NBA Draft, Wesley Johnson was one of the most sought after prospects.

A consensus top-five pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him one off the number at four, and everyone expected him to help out the newly acquired Michael Beasley at the small forward position.

However, Johnson's talents have landed him at the starting shooting guard position due to a lack of Wolves' depth at the two.

He has performed well this season, putting 9.3 points and three rebounds a night into the mix.

The last three T'Wolves games have seen an outburst from Johnson, and he has exploded onto the scene with a 19.7 point average to go with 48 percent shooting from the field and six boards per game. He also has grabbed 1.7 steals in that same clip.

So, I bring up a question, Wolves' fans: is Johnson the answer at shooting guard?

The 6'7" Johnson brings a lot to the floor whenever he plays, and he shows defensive intensity that is almost unmatched by any other Wolf.

Wes also has the ability to shoot lights out when he wants to, and he has surprisingly taken over games for the Timberwolves. At 23 he is showing spurts of greatness in his all-around game and is trying to become a legitimate shooting guard despite his original "position".

What should the Wolves do with Wes this offseason?

First off, they could trade him, as he has shown to have the most trade bait on the club outside of All-Star Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.

Conversely, they could sign him for a long-term deal once his contract expires that would be noteworthy in that it seals his fate in Minnesota's long run.

If I were the Timberwolves, I'd give Wes a few years until his deal in the Gopher State expires and decide what to do from there.

If management sees what I see in Wes Johnson, they should keep him as he could be play a vital role in the revival of the Minnesota Timberwolves.