A reference in a recent post to coaches trying to ensure Wes Johnson concentrates on the - ahem - non-shooting aspects of his game and an ensuing string of comments made me think about the rebounding and dirty work-oriented Michael Beasley mini trend we saw before his injury. Will it continue? Did the coaches finally "get through" to him? Then I realized we've got a very skilled seven-footer who nonetheless seemingly needs to be taught how to dunk, a very skilled six-eleven-er who needs to be taught to pass, and, well, the list goes on.
The Wolves have more than their share of reclamation projects, each one of them tantalizing us with the contributions he will make if the coaches can...."just get through" to them. So, I gotta put this out there for the more advanced stats-minded among our number, is there any evidence that players can emerge from consistently negative contributions to become consistently positive contributors, especially given the right system, usage, and tutelage? As we are saying time and again, we're not asking for above-average, even. We just want simply average production to not derail the consistently superb contributions we're getting from our top two. Thoughts?