Wesley Johnson is an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) player who has played for some of the best teams in the NBA in a career spanning almost a decade. He showed very great prospects to make it as a basketball player from an early age, and he has fulfilled his childhood dream to make it in the NBA.
Keep reading to learn more about the professional basketballer’s biography and other interesting information about him.
Wesley Johnson’s Biography
Wesley Johnson was born in Corsicana, Texas in the U.S. on July 11, 1987. He was named Wesley Jamarr Johnson at birth. His father’s name is Robert Johnson and his mother’s name is Mary Johnson. He has two other siblings, a brother named Ronald Craig and a sister named Rhonda Smith.
He attended Corsicana High School in Corsicana, Texas, where he excelled playing basketball, before getting admission into Iowa State University, where he made his mark playing for the school’s men basketball team in his first season. He was not as influential in the team in his second year as he was nursing an injury and spent the initial part of the season out of the team.
Two years into his studies at Iowa State University, Wesley decided to transfer to Syracuse University and after sitting out the initial season following his transfer to the school, he was able to play, becoming a very integral and influential member of the team with which recorded very impressive statistics. As he was completing his studies at Syracuse University, Wesley decided to declare himself eligible for the NBA draft of 2010. Having signed with Rob Pelinka, a sports agent, to represent his interests, he was drafted into the NBA by the Minnesota Timberwolves in Round 1 as the 4th overall pick.
Wesley began his professional basketball career by signing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, and had a very promising start to his career with the club. In July 2012, Wesley was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a 3 team deal. He did not get much playing time with his new team until the head coach was changed. A year later in July 2013, Wesley Johnson signed a 1 year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The basketballer had an amazing season with the team that at the end of his contract, he signed another 1 year deal with the Lakers.
Wesley Johnson signed a 1 year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers in July 2015, and after a successful season with the team, he would go on to sign another year deal that kept him at the Clippers much longer than he initially expected. He stayed with the team until October 15, 2018, when there was a trade between the Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans. The deal saw Wesley go to the Pelicans while Alexis Ajinca went the other way. Sometime in February 2019, Wesley was traded to the Washington Wizards. In April of the same year, he left the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent.
Relationship And Wife
Wesley has been in a relationship with his girlfriend, Melissa, for a long while. The two have been together for about a decade now but for reasons best known to them, they have not decided to tie the knot yet. However, their relationship is getting stronger by the day. In 2012, Melissa and Wesley had their first children together – a set of twin boys whom they named Wesley Jr. and Santana. The Johnson family are often seen together at major basketball and social events.
What Is Wesley Johnson’s Net Worth?
Considering the fact that Wesley Johnson has had a thriving career since his profession debut, it is not surprising to hear that he has acquired an impressive amount of wealth. Wesley is believed to be worth about $ 16 million by 2018 estimates. However, some sources believe that his worth could be as much as $ 21 million.
Other Interesting Facts About The Basketballer
1. He is living a luxurious life, but not an excessively extravagant one. He owns and lives in a luxurious home with his family, worth about $ 5 million. He has 5 cars and their combined worth is about $ 1 million – which includes a $ 250,000 Jaguar.
2. As a professional basketball player, Wesley Johnson possesses a very impressive physique and he is in top shape. He stands at an impressive height of 6 feet and 7 inches (2.01 meters) and weighs about 98 kilograms (215 lbs). His wingspan is at an impressive 7 feet and 1 inch.