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Wes Johnson is... Thad Young

I think I may have stumbled upon the closest comparison to Wesley Johnson in terms of physical measurements and NCAA stats. The comparisons between Johnson and Thaddeus Young are eerily similar.

 

Wes Johnson

Height w/o Shoes Height w/shoes Weight Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat No Step Vert Max Vert Bench Press Lane Agility 3/4 Court Sprint Class Rank
6' 6.25" 6' 7.25" 206 7' 1" 8' 10" 4.6 32.0 37.0 16 11.43 3.14 NA

Thad Young

Height w/o Shoes Height w/shoes Weight Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat No Step Vert Max Vert Bench Press Lane Agility 3/4 Court Sprint Class Rank
6' 5.75" 6' 7.5" 210 6' 11.5" 8' 10" 4.9 34.5 37.0 13 11.06 3.19 7

 

Per 40 Minute stats of each player's last collegiate season

Johnson: Pts = 18.9, Off Reb = 2.5, Def Reb = 7.3, Ast = 2.5, TO = 2.6, Steals = 1.9, Blocks = 2.1

T.Young: Pts = 19.4, Off Reb = 3.1, Def Reb = 3.5, Ast = 2.7, TO = 2.9, Steals = 1.7, Blocks = 0.5

 

Shooting percentages

Johnson: FG = 50.2%, FT = 77.2%, 3Pt = 41.5%

T.Young: FG = 47.8%, FT = 74.3%, 3Pt = 41.9%

 

Johnson had a noticeable edge in Defensive rebounds and Blocks, but this could be argued as being a product of Syracuse's zone defense. Johnson also shot better from the floor, specifically 2pt shots.

The good news with this comparison is that Thad Young will likely stick around the NBA for another 10 years as a quality contributor.

The bad news for Johnson (and the possibly the Wolves) is that Young was drafted 12th overall, not 4th. And Young was a 19 year old Freshman, while Johnson is 22. In fact Young is actually younger than Johnson, and was the physically and statical equal to Johnson when he was 3 years younger.

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