Wesley Johnson came into the league seven years ago with an incredibly high ceiling. He isn’t there yet, but he may finally be climbing the stairs with the LA Clippers.
It’s strange to say that someone is having a “revival” when they’ve only been in the NBA since 2010. It’s even more strange that the player in question isn’t having a career year. Yet just seven games into the season, I can tell that something looks different about Wesley Johnson.
He isn’t tentative anymore. He knows who he is, what he’s good at, what he’s not. And it’s hard to say without knowing for sure, but it certainly seems like he’s worked an awful lot on his offensive game.
Weirdly enough, his numbers don’t show his improvements. A lot of is just based on the ol’ eye-test. He looks more confident, he plays with energy, and he’s not yet been afraid to get himself involved.
I really wish I knew why all of this was happening. I mean, Johnson has essentially been a non-factor on both ends of the floor since we picked him up in 2015. He also hasn’t found his jumper with the Clippers, as he’s connected on just 30.5% of his attempts since the 2015-2016 NBA season.
All I can really say at this point is to watch him. When he checks in, divert your eyes from the action and stay focused on WeJo. He acts different. He carries himself a little more than we’re used to.
Perhaps it’s his teammates. After all, everyone seems to be having more fun this year than in those past. Blake and DeAndre are dancing on the bench again. That’s something we haven’t seen since the Clippers got their new logo.
Take a look at this play here, for example. Going just off of what you’ve seen alone, ignoring stats; can you honestly say that this is something we would’ve seen from Johnson last year? Or the year before?
We can’t say for sure what’s up with WeJo. But we do know that we love it, and we’ll need him to keep it up if we want the Clippers to stay in contention this year.
What’re your thoughts on Johnson? Are you just as impressed with his progression? Let us know your thoughts, and stay tuned for more coverage of the LA Clippers.