With Suns coach Alvin Gentry floating the idea of using the team's upcoming five-day break between games Thursday and next Wednesday as an evaluation period for some of his lesser-used players, at least one person likely jumped at the news. Gentry mentioned Wes Johnson by name Tuesday as a player he'd like to get more minutes, and reaffirmed that notion Wednesday. The 6-foot-7 swingman has been little more than a glorified cheerleader at times this season for the Suns, after being acquired last July as part of a three-team trade with Minnesota and New Orleans. Johnson, a third-year player out of Syracuse, has played in just 16 of the Suns' 40 games, all off the bench, a season after starting 64 games for the Timberwolves. He has averaged 7:24 of playing time in those 16 games, with season highs of seven points and four rebounds. He hasn't been slowed by injuries, but rather by the Suns' glut of wing players with similar skill sets, namely Jared Dudley, Shannon Brown and Michael Beasley. "He's just a victim of numbers," Gentry said of Johnson. "It's virtually impossible to play four guys at two positions. You can play three guys at two positions, but with four guys it really gets to be tough."
Phoenix Suns' Wes Johnson to get more playing time
Arizona Republic | Jan 17