dwighthowardsdad wrote:I'm excited about what he brings if he's consistent. Slashing to the rim creating easy opportunities for himself, hitting 3's, playing the passing lanes with his wingspan, blocking two shots; this is what we need every night from him. If he can do this consistently, it will be such a huge help.
His career is exactly what we've seen so far..... Stinker after stinker and then a game that makes the coach think he's got a chance....... Rinse and repeat.
He played OK last night.... Still was leaving his man to help when the team set didn't dictate it. He was the one largely responsible for the wide open threes and the lack of rotations all night. He's lost in the team defensive set.
He hit some shots and was active on the offensive end and had his best game in that respect.
I hope he can turn a corner but at this point his minutes should be limited and he should be on the court with Farmar and the second unit because the run more. As a starter his lack of understanding would be even more exposed.
Well, he's put two decent games together; the expectation of being a high draft pick & playing for franchises that expect so much puts a lot of pressure on the player in this case, Johnson...he came here with an attitude to play defense (as said in his press conference) and contribute where he can; so far, he's doing a decent job.
I agree about his rotations defensively; that can be something he works on with Rambis, Lewis, and Madsen to get a better grasp of the scheme we're running defensively and develop good habits; he's not perfect, I don't expect him to be; although, he has responsibilities on defense that need to get better, I believe they will as the season progress.
MDA doesn't run a highly structured offense...so you're right in the sense of playing him with the 2nd unit; Johnson wouldn't get any time with Phil; in this system, he will because he has the freedom to shoot, slash, and get out in transition.
The coaching staff and Wesley both have need to keep it simple. Defense, slash, hit the open shot. Don't be asked to do anything more...as long as he keeps the game simple, plays to his strengths, he'll be fine, IMO.