2010 NBA Draft: It's Hard, Just Hard To Dislike Wesley Johnson

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJune 17, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 25:  Wesley Johnson #4 of the Syracuse Orange in action against the Butler Bulldogs during the west regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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If your looking at the top 10 on the board of the 2010 NBA Draft, there are some players with some attitude problems that can flat-out get it done. In the entire draft, it's hard to find a player with the right attitude that knows his limitations, and can really get it done.

Wesley Johnson out of Syracuse is one of them.

Standing at a lean, mean, 6'7'', and weighing 205 pounds (less than five percent body fat), Johnson possesses some of the most interesting measurements for a small forward. He has a 37-inch vertical, a 7'1'' wingspan, and a polish that anyone would be hard pressed not to be impressed with when the draft kicks off 7 p.m. ET June 24 on ESPN.

Johnson's wingspan is second-largest on record according to DraftExpress for a small forward, the same for his maximum vertical, and his no step vertical reach (11'6").

His successors are Stanley Robinson and Al-Farouq Aminu, but the difference in Wesley is that he's extremely polished for a small forward.

Not only is he a top five draft pick in a very deep draft, but he's one of the more NBA ready contributors in this draft. His stats speak for themselves. Please consider, 16.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.8 BPG, 1.7 SPG.

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Very impressive, and when you consider the fact that Syracuse is a NCAA elite playing against the toughest competition, it's even more impressive. In fact, regardless of where you are picking, whether it's 1-5, you have to be impressed with Johnson, and it should hurt regardless seeing him play for another team.

Let's break him down a little further.

Johnson is a perfect small forward for any team with a ball dominant guard. He's extremely active without the ball in his hands, very efficient, extremely productive, doesn't need many minutes to make an impact, but doesn't disappear for long periods of time either.

An elite NCAA shooter with long range, shooting 41 percent from deep. He also has a very good mid range shot, nice jab step and even some decent handles in transition. His biggest setback from being a franchise player would have to be his ability to create his own shot, otherwise, he would be as good as they could come.

He's also (quote unquote) a great kid, has a glaring personality, very strong intangibles, extremely hard work ethic, a good amount of upside considering he's 22, and really knows his limitations.

He seldom turns the ball over and is very unselfish to be as talented as he is. But this quote really impressed me.

" I'll tell you this right now. I've been in a supporting role in relation to always being a team guy. And I'm not going to shy away from that. But it's time for me to be me. I'm gonna have that swag and show everybody the real Wes."

For the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and Golden State Warriors, Wesley Johnson is high on their radar. Word is, he's extremely impressive in a workout situation, interviews, and the classic pick up game.

Like I said, it's hard to dislike Johnson, regardless of what number you are picking. He's working out for everyone that will have him—and he's impressing everyone. His interviews, his highlight reels, and things of that nature are a thing of beauty.

Welcome to world-wide Wes.

Thanks for reading!


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