Lakers News: Wesley Johnson Believes Lakers Are A Playoff Team

Lakers News: Wesley Johnson Believes Lakers Are A Playoff Team


After three games and a 1-2 record, the Los Angeles Lakers have been a tough team to figure out early on in the 2013-14 season. An impressive Opening Night win over the Clippers was followed by an embarrassing loss at Golden State and a frustrating loss last night to the Spurs.

All things considered, without Kobe Bryant and an ever-changing rotation, the Lakers have shown that they’re a more exciting team than last season and definitely have better chemistry. With all that considered, forward Wesley Johnson believes this team is equipped to be a top-8 seed in the Western Conference when talking to Ramona Shelburne of

We’re definitely contending for a playoff spot. That’s everybody’s mindset. We’re definitely going to take one game at a time, but that’s the ultimate goal.

With a roster littered with players on one-year deals, the Lakers have shown a renewed energy, something that lacked all of last season. Players are more active on the defensive end and the bench has been a real spark for the team.

Johnson, a former fourth overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves, has played primarily the power forward position and is averaging 8.7 points as looks to have found his stroke after a tough Opening Night.

However, the question on everyone’s mind is when Bryant will get back onto the court to help his young team reach their ultimate goal, a championship. Bryant went through a successful week of conditioning and has stated previously that he believes that three straight weeks would put him on track to start playing in games.

Without him, Steve Nash has shown his age while veteran leader Pau Gasol is back to being the number one option as he’s averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds with close to 13 shots per game. While they’ve shown potential to be a top-6 seed, the Lakers need to gain an identity and a level of consistency as the season progresses.


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  • Jim213

    IMO, it’ll depend on overall consistency on both sides of the court while minimizing turnovers which currently stands at 16 a game!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      “That’s pitiful! I mean, it’s absolutely pitiful to perform like that. Pitiful!”

      “What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs?You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game.”

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Ugh yeah good job talking about making the playoffs,now go out and prove it son.

  • Daryl Peek

    I know this team will make the playoffs! They’re already performing better than they did last season at this time.

    • Kobe24

      This team is good but, with this current team (no Kobe) they are a quick first round exit.

      But, with Kobe (expecting last years performance or 90% of it) and with more chemistry and solid rotations I can see this team becoming champions.

      • Daryl Peek

        Kobe should be back by then. I’m not taking the pessimistic outlook without Kobe. I expect them to learn how to win without him. Chemistry matters.

        • James Lee

          Meeks has been playing good recently but man that dude has butter fingers, every time he dribbles in traffic he loses the ball. Also Henry forces way too many shots, getting offensive fouls or always driving left. What I am saying is we wait till trade deadline or free agency before we panic.

          I suggest Lakers look at trading Meeks, Blake,hill, and picks. Hill is our youngest and most valuable trade asset. Blake provide veteran exp or something to a team, and Meeks is a 1-D shooter. I think Tyrus Thomas would be a good pickup, athletic and defensive monster.

          • Daryl Peek

            There will be a move by the deadline and everyone except Kobe is on the table. Meeks is just like all the other young guns on this roster, players that need to prove something. I see nothing but upside in his game.

            Tyrus Thomas? Pass. The team already has a player of his skill set in Jordan Hill.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I hope you are right bro.

  • LakeShow

    Please please please don’t make it to the playoff. I’m begging you Wesley. We need to build our future now with 2014 lottery pick. I know everyone want to prove that we can do it without D12 but is it worth it wasting an opportunity to get a franchise player?

    Just look at 76ers, they get MCW and everything changed now. Let’s develop Xavier Henry this year and get Wiggins/Jabari and a young PG from draft pick next season.

    Let’s face it, no teams are going to give their young franchise player to the Lakers and we have nobody to trade with. LeBron or Carmelo are not coming. And I prefer to be both players than having them on our team.

    We developed Kobe and we are proud of it. It’s time to get another young talent who we can develop him into a legend just like Kobe. Wiggins is like LeBron, Jabari is like Paul Pierce. Pick one!

  • ra

    OK, there are 15 other teams. We’ll have to see how it goes with the other teams as well. Even if Lakers are better, other teams have also experienced changes, and it’s too early to know how things are going.

    Give it a little more time.

  • James Lee

    PEOPLE!!!!! Lots of teams are tanking this year, Mitch needs to take advantage of it cuz philly, Orlando, Boston, Milwaukee, are teams that are on the verge of a FIRESALE. We can get talent on the cheap. If we are lucky we can get a derrick Williams or Evan turner (btw Turner feuding with his gm) for expiring contracts or picks. Best case scenario we end up with a player who blossomed like Tobias Harris in Orlando. Worse case we get younger.

    Lakers don’t tank, we will lose credibility as a franchise and personally as a fan I would be extremely offended to see the Lakers give up. There’s something called integrity and a franchise with 16 championships must be above that. Anyone suggesting tanking is a FAKER FAN GTFO!

    • Shawn

      Couldn’t have said it any better, I bleed Purp&Gold. So the day the Lakers tank it on purpose. I’m done with basketball period.

  • tony

    Lakers are a Playoff team if Antoni gets his head out of his ass,,, He needs to put Blake on the bench, Send Williams back to where he came from, Move Young to his natural position at SG and start Johnson at SF with Either Kaman or Hill at Center..

    • LakersHeatBeef

      It almost feels like MDA is just tossing out a weak lineup.Steve Blake is not a NBA starting shooting guard,it is absurd to think he will lead the Lakers to wins as a starter.

      Steve Nash seems like he is not healthy and he is very old and nearing retirement.Shawne Williams is playing crappy basketball he looks like a D-League player that isn’t ready for the NBA spotlight.

      I am against tanking,i have seen to many busts to be a fan of tanking.Lists of a few lottery draft busts in the past Adam Morrison,T.J. Ford,Joe Kleine,Jon Koncak,Ed 0’Bannon,Shawn Respert,Michael Olocrappy Candyman,Michael Beasley,Greg Oden,Kwame Brown,Jonny Flynn,Cole Aldrich,Jay Williams,Bobby Hurley,Kendall Marshall plus many more.

      Yeah Lakers need to avoid tanking at all costs and Mike D’Antoni needs to step as a leader and head coach it’s time to start winning again.Kobe will hopefully comeback soon.But Lakers are above tanking and always have been.

      Go Lakers!

  • Shawn

    Man, ppl hating on this Lakers Squad as if its the showtime Lakers. Or the 3peat/2peat LA Lakers, come on stop hating just to hate. Hate on a team when their on top not rebuilding. A friend of mines does that , like dude shut up and get a team. How can you hate a team that’s made up of a bunch of role players and a few starters.