Found December 13, 2011 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves have many players capable of playing multiple positions, and Wesley Johnson is one of them.Johnson, a second-year player out of Syracuse, was drafted fourth overall by the Wolves in 2010. In his rookie season, he played both small forward and shooting guard and averaged 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.With plenty of forwards on the roster, Johnson expects to play plenty of shooting guard in 2011-12 and he's just fine with that."I'm looking forward to it. I grew up playing it," the 24-year-old Johnson said of the shooting guard position. "Especially with the offense, there's going to be a lot of mismatch problems with me cutting, going back to the basket."While Johnson may see the most minutes at shooting guard, new Wolves coach Rick Adelman doesn't want him to just be a shooter. Adelman is hoping Johnson who shot 39.7 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range a year ago can create more offense but cutting to the basket and looking shots close to the hoop."What we're trying to get him to do is just not be a jump shooter. I want to see him he's very athletic make hard cuts, try to get easy baskets rather than just jump shots," Adelman said. "If he runs the floor and he makes his cuts, we'll eventually find him there."The 6-foot-7 Johnson believes Adelman's offense will suit his style of play."I see myself fitting in well. We have a lot of unselfish players," Johnson said. "With the offense, it's just a lot of cutting, a lot of screening going on, so everybody can find their shots and get their groove on the court."Johnson said he played a lot of shooting guard as a freshman and sophomore at Iowa State before transferring to Syracuse. As a junior, he said Syracuse "had me on the court everywhere." With players like Johnson and others capable of moving around to different positions, Adelman is still trying to figure out where Johnson's natural spot on the court may be."I think his attitude's been terrific. We're trying to play him at a couple spots, too," Adelman said. "We're trying to see what everybody can do. We're trying to him mostly at the two but some at the three."Like many of his teammates, Johnson has been impressed early by new point guard Ricky Rubio. The 21-year-old Rubio was drafted by the Wolves in 2009 but finally came to Minnesota after staying in his native Spain for two years.It's early, but Johnson said Rubio's up-tempo style and flashy passing should be a spark for the entire offense."He sees everything," Johnson said of Rubio. "This year, I've been more assertive. I've been attacking the basket a lot more, finding my teammates in the half court and doing a lot of running, especially with Ricky at the point pushing us all."Aside from Johnson, the Timberwolves are thin at shooting guard. There's a possibility of bringing in a veteran to bolster the bench, something Johnson said he'd be fine with."It's going to be competitive. If they bring one in, they bring one in. I'm not worried about it at all," Johnson said. "If they bring one in, we have more depth on the team and it'll help us out."Johnson now has a year of NBA experience under his belt, but the Wolves are still a young team that amassed just 17 wins a year ago. But with Adelman at the helm in place of former coach Kurt Rambis, Johnson said he's noticed a change in the attitude of the team as they prepare for the 2011-12 season."Yeah, we sensed it when we first got into Target Center on the first day practice," Johnson said. "We had the meeting before we got to the court and said it's going to be a totally different year."
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