Johnson played well while replacing Paul Pierce at small forward Tuesday, finishing with 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist. Rivers has used seven different starting lineups so far this season, and seems inclined to mix and match based on personnel, particularly at the small forward spot. Along with Johnson and Pierce, Lance Stephenson and even Luc Richard Mbah a Moute could warrant consideration for a starting role on a given night, which will work to cannibalize the fantasy utility of all four players.
Wesley Johnson is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.
Johnson will make his first start of the season Tuesday, as Paul Pierce is set to come off the bench. Pierce is likely coming off the bench due to the fact that it's the first game of a back-to-back set and the Los Angeles Clippers may want to limit his minutes. With that being said, look for Johnson to return to a bench role in Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans.
Wesley Johnson collected a season-high 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, and a steal over 24 minutes in Thursday's 118-104 loss to the Suns.
Johnson was able to tally season bests in scoring and minutes due to injuries wiping out the Los Angeles Clippers ' starting backcourt. The 25-year-old displayed a nice touch from three-point range by draining 50 percent of his buckets from beyond the arc, and shot a solid 46 percent from the field overall. Despite the strong night off the bench, Johnson's customary reserve role had limited him to a maximum of 22 minutes in a game prior to Thursday, with the backup guard barely reaching double-digits in floor time the majority of nights. With such limited opportunity, Johnson currently remains off the radar in virtually any fantasy league format.
Wesley Johnson only played 14 minutes, but he tallied nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 FT) with three rebounds in Monday's win over the Suns.
Johnson played the least out of the small forwards on the Los Angeles Clippers ' roster, but he put up numbers that were comparable, if not better. The Clippers also outscored the Suns by 15 points while Johnson was on the floor. This was easily his most efficient night from the floor, and the 28-year-old could see more playing time if he continues to be this efficient with his minutes.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Roy Halladay Rivers said that both Wesley Johnson and Paul Pierce could find themselves in the starting lineup at small forward at various points this season, Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reports.
"I think it's going to be one of those things where it changes from night to night," Rivers said. "There will be nights when Wes starts, nights when Paul starts. I think we're versatile enough to be able to do that."
Rivers noted that the two main factors that would determine which player gets the starting nod on a given night would be "matchups and Paul's age," with the latter reason seemingly indicating that Johnson could enter the lineup at least once during back-to-back sets. Johnson, who started 59 games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, isn't expected to come close to reaching the 29.5 minutes he averaged in 2014-15, but he should be a useful role player for his new squad. That said, his value is expected to be limited more to daily formats than season-long leagues, as Pierce's availability (or lack thereof) will result in wide variation in his minutes.
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