The Phoenix Suns are putting Wesley Johnson in a position to succeed.
For coach Alvin Gentry, the main adjustment is mental.
Hes a good player ... I think with him, the whole thing is about confidence, Gentry said of Johnson, who has made a combined 11 off 22 shots from the field and has cumulatively scored 30 points in the Suns first two preseason games. He needed confidence, and thats not unusual for a young player. So, hopefully, were going to try to instill that in him.
For Johnson, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fourth pick in the 2010 draft, another important Suns tweak is putting him in the position of small forward. A bouncy 6-foot-7 wing player at Syracuse, Johnson arrived in the Twin Cities with the mandate to produce at the shooting guard position.
But two years that produced just 7.7 points per game -- on chilly marksmanship (a tick under 40 percent) from the field -- convinced the T-wolves to go in another direction.
Shortly after the Suns acquired...