It’s just at three-game sample, but shooting guard Wesley Johnson is finally putting up numbers expected of a former first-round draft pick.

Johnson, taken fourth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, has averaged 12 points, 6.3 rebounds and one steal in Phoenix’s three-game winning streak. Included in that stretch, of course, was the 3-point buzzer-beater against San Antonio that sent the game into overtime and resulted in a Suns win.

“It’s really getting into a rhythm and feeling more comfortable out there,” Johnson said. “My confidence is definitely coming back. I always felt like there was place for me on the court. Getting back out there and playing is the main thing.”

Johnson admitted he felt “anxious” as the first few months of the season passed by and he rarely played. He wondered if his career would get off the ground. But the one thing he didn’t do, said coach Lindsey Hunter, was let his frustration get the best of him in practice.

“He worked hard when he wasn’t playing to stay ready, which is what you have to do as a professional,” Hunter said. “It’s also him getting an opportunity and taking advantage of it. It’s really good to see because for so many years he’s been talked about as an afterthought. (He’s) actually making big plays on both ends of the floor and looking like the lottery pick he was.”

Hunter has employed the long-armed 6-foot-7 Johnson as a defensive specialist against point guards.

“I know I can do it and he knows it as well,” Johnson said. “He’s using my length to help the team.”

On a roll
Since the All-Star break, point guard Goran Dragic is averaging 15.3 points and 10.7 assists per game, numbers higher than his pre-All-Star break averages (14.0, 6.3). Dragic’s shooting percentage has dropped from .440 to .404, and his turnovers are up (2.4 to 4.0), but Hunter sees significant improvement in the four-year veteran.

“They sky is the limit for him,” Hunter said. “I really like how he approaches the game and how nasty at times he gets. Sometimes he gets carried away in a one-on-one battle but that’s part of who he is and part of what’s made him great.”

Hunter said Dragic has learned how to look for his shot but also “facilitate out of his aggressiveness.”