Los Angeles Lakers Made Underrated Move With Wesley Johnson

By Brendan Patel
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Kelvin Kuo – USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers recently agreed to bring back Wesley Johnson for another year, as they continue to fill out their roster. Johnson had an up and down 2013-14 season, and will be looking to become a more consistent contributor. He should continue to improve his all-around game, and should play significant minutes for the team. The Lakers were smart to bring back Johnson for an inexpensive contract, as they need speed and athleticism to offset their aging veterans.

Johnson showed signs last season of developing into a well-rounded offensive threat. He was more comfortable with his outside shot, and was confident in pulling up off of one dribble. His ability to get out on the break and finish will fit well with players such as Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash, as he should get much easier looks this year. If he can continue to improve his three-point shooting, then he could be extremely valuable to the team.

Johnson possesses all the tools to become a very good defender. He has great length and quickness that enables him to matchup with top perimeter scorers. His elite athleticism allows him to cover up the weaknesses of his teammates, and he shows great recovery when getting beaten. He still has a long way to go on the defensive end, but has shown that he has the ability to make a difference, which will be important due to the current lack of foot speed on the team.

The Lakers made a good decision in bringing back Johnson for another season. If he is able to become more consistent, then he can be a huge asset. He should put up better offensive numbers with more playmakers on the team, but needs to assert himself defensively. If he is able to do that, then the Lakers will have gotten a steal this offseason.

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