From the outside looking in: losing Dwight Howard and gaining Wesley Johnson isn’t exactly the way the Los Angeles Lakers wanted their 2013 offseason to go. With that being said, LA is going to reap the benefits of taking a risk on an unproven and under-performing small forward like Johnson. After playing for two different teams in just three years, Johnson is hoping that his third NBA team is going to be the charm.
A wild-eyed player like No. 11 is best when he’s in an offense that doesn’t have much stability, which means a Mike D’Antoni-led squad is just what the doctor ordered for Johnson. Without a real offensive scheme in either Minnesota or Phoenix, Johnson was never able to invest himself in a system and it has definitely hindered his production up to this point.
D’Antoni might have been the worst coach possible for last year’s LA squad, but if the Lakers continue to acquire hybrid players like Johnson then the lackadaisical offense from last season will be a thing of the past. Obviously, Johnson needs to shoot better from the field if he wants any minutes with D’Antoni’s club — the former fourth-overall pick in 2010 NBA Draft has never shot over 41%.
We usually don’t see Kobe Bryant take many players under his wing, yet the Johnson and Bryant relationship is going to be something to watch considering just how influential Kobe has been to Johnson. The Black Mamba has been giving Johnson pointers since his rookie year in 2011 and now the two are on the same roster…go figure.