Wesley Johnson was a model of consistency for the 2014 Los Angeles Lakers playing in 79 games, 62 as a starter.
He averaged a career-high 9.1 points on 42.5% from the field, including 36.9% from three-point range.
This season Johnson will return to his natural position at small-forward after spending much of last season playing the the four spot.
“It was crazy. I was guarding Blake and banging with Z-Bo. That ain’t me,” said Johnson.
“He ain’t playing power forward anymore,” confirmed Lakers Coach Byron Scott.
Johnson will be the Lakers primary wing defender, and will be called upon to slow down a conference ripe with athletic shooting-guards.
“He’s athletic, long, quick, fast, jumps out of the gym and can shoot the basketball,” said Scott.
“He has everything that he needs to be a very good player in this league,” Scott added. “It’s just a matter of me pulling it all out of him. I think this year he’s going to surprise some people and have a good year.”
“I’m more confident in myself than I have been since I got into the league,” Johnson said. “Basically, I know what to expect. I’m playing for Byron. I worked out with Kobe this summer, and that really just boosted my confidence. It got me back to basics and to what got me here.”