I've started to watch fewer and fewer NBA games the past several years (it's boring), but I like to check-in to see former 'Cuse players doing well (Dion is BEASTING right now). Carmelo is kind of a given, but past that it falls off fairly quickly. Hakim Warrick just got traded (again) to Orlando, then was promptly waived. And apparently Fab will only see minutes when the Celtics play the Lakers. Then we have a plethora of guys in the D. But while KrisJo continues to destroy there, we can't really point to that with a ton of pride.
Which brings me to Wes. After being drafted by a career-killing franchise, there was some hope that he could resurrect his game this year in Phoenix. That quickly faded when he logged 36 minutes TOTAL over the first 15 games of the season. It was obvious he wasn't going to get any kind of consistent run, so checking Suns' box scores became far less frequent for me. But tonight, while scanning through the NBA scoreboard, I was somewhat surprised to see he got into a game.
Not only that, but looking at his game log, it appears the Suns have actually been giving him a shot the past couple weeks (perhaps in an attempt to lose games/improve draft position... who knows). He nearly had a double-double vs Portland (14 pts & 8 rbs) and had a similar line, in the "Wes Johnson: Vengeance" game vs the T-Wolves (14 pts, 9 rbs, 3 ast, & 2 stls). Both efforts resulted in wins, something the Suns hadn't been doing much of this season.
But he may just get the most (going forward) out of the game he played tonight, vs the best team in the NBA (start paying attention at the :45 mark)...