Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Days
Johnson played a team high 40 minutes, scoring 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks Tuesday.
Johnson also turned it over a whopping eight times, but with Nick Young (thumb) and Xavier Henry (knee) out for the beginning of the regular season, he's going to get a lot of run at small forward. His ability to rack defensive stats makes him a very intriguing fantasy option as a late round pick this season.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 15 Days
Johnson (knee) is expected to start in Thursday's preseason tilt against the Golden State Warriors after fully participating in Wednesday's practice, InsideSoCal.com reports.
With Nick Young (thumb) and Xavier Henry (back) still sidelined, Johnson will be the Lakers' go-to-guy at small forward. He was one of only two player, Paul Millsap being the other, to average at least 1.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks last season, and should be a nice low end source of stats in fantasy leagues this season.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 17 Days
Johnson (knee) says he's fine after straining his knee in Monday's preseason win over the Nuggets.
Johnson departed Monday's contest after suffering the injury, but it appears to be nothing serious, as he was on the floor for Tuesday's light session. His status remains something to keep an eye on in the short term, however.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 18 Days
Johnson strained the patellar tendon in his left knee during Monday's preseason game and will be evaluated further Tuesday, sideline reporter Mike Trudell reports.
Johnson was able to play a few minutes after the initial injury but ultimately had to leave the game to prevent further damage. The fact that he wasn't sidelined immediately bodes well for his status moving forward, although Tuesday's update on his injury will be the ultimate determinant of his viability in the future.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 21 Days
Johnson, who played a lot of last season at power forward, will return to his natural position of small forward this season, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Johnson is a natural wing player and was out of position matching up against opposition power forwards last season. He'll be the Lakers' starter at the three and is a good fantasy source of blocks, steals, and three-pointers as one of only two players in the NBA to average at least 1.0 in each of those three categories last season.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 1 Month
Johnson is currently the favorite to start at small forward this season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Coach Byron Scott said he hasn't definitely decided on who will start at the three, but stated that he likes Johnson's athleticism as the starter, with Nick Young's scoring ability being better suited to a bench role. Scott is going to focusing on getting consistency from Johnson this season and if he gets consistent minutes, he's a decent standard league fantasy option. Along with Paul Millsap, Johnson was the only player in the NBA to average at least 1.0 steal, 1.0 three-pointer, and 1.0 block per game last season.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months
Johnson is poised to start at small forward in the 2014-15 campaign, Lakers' official site reports.
Coach Byron Scott is considering a starting lineup of Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and Jordan Hill. Johnson may be the toughest call due to the presence of Nick Young and Xavier Henry on the wing. However, Johnson started 62 of his 79 games last season, averaging a modest 9.3 points (on 44.2 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 threes, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 blocks in 29.5 minutes. A slight decrease in playing time could occur with Kobe Bryant (knee) back to full strength, but varied lines should again populate his game log.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 Months
The Lakers officially re-signed Wes Johnson on Monday.
"Wesley possesses elite athleticism... and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game last season as the Lakers were devastated by injuries, but that situation will not likely be repeated. Johnson is not someone to target in standard leagues.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 Months
Lakers sign G/F Wes Johnson.
It's just a one-year, $1 million deal for Johnson, who had a terrific season in 2013-14. The Lakers were decimated by injuries last year and it was the main reason why Johnson was able to log 28.4 minutes per game. He is unlikely to match that average next season and won't be worth a pick in most fantasy drafts.
Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 6 Months
Wesley Johnson filled the stat sheet in Monday's 119-104 win over the Jazz, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, five steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
This is a huge game for fantasy purposes thanks to the steals, blocks and triples. As it turns out, Johnson actually raised his season averages to 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.3 triples in 78 games. He and Paul Millsap are the only two players to hold averages of 1.0 or greater in all three of those aforementioned categories, which has helped make Johnson a decent asset for several stretches this season.