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Wesley Matthews or Reggie Williams?

This has been an awesome year for D-League call-ups, with over 30 signed by NBA teams over the course of the season. While Sundiata Gaines provided one of the greatest, and most uplifting, moments of the season with his improbable buzzer-beater against the Cavs, Wesley Matthews and Reggie Williams have been the two brightest stars to emerge from the D-League in my mind. This isn't a "who's better?" post, but a "who would you rather have" discussion.

Both players had great college careers; Matthews averaged 18 ppg at a Big East school, and Williams was arguably the best scorer in the country over the course of his career at VMI. They've both been very successful in their rookie campaigns; Matthews, while averaging 9.2 ppg on 48.9% shooting, has started 42 games for a team battling for the 2nd seed in the West, playing for a coach who is famous for being weary of starting rookies (let alone undrafted rookies). He has established himself as a terrific on-ball defender (which is why Sloan loves him), using his bullish 6-5/220 frame and deceptive quickness to bother some of the league's best scorers, as evidenced by his holding Kobe to 5-23 shooting the other night. Williams has been a dynamite scorer from the minute he suited up for Golden State, proving to be one of the league's most efficient scorers, averaging 15.2 ppg in only 28.1 minutes while shooting 51.3% from the field and 85.7% from the line. s.

So, which player would you choose? The defensive dynamo who's been known to light it up on occasion (see: 29-point showing against OKC in March), or the potential first-rate scorer with six 20-point performances in his first 17 career games, despite only starting four? Obviously they have not been in the league long enough to rate extremely accurately, but from this first impression, who do you want for your team, starting from scratch?


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I am taking Wes. I may be

I am taking Wes. I may be biased, but if Sloan thinks highly enough of the kid to have him start on a contending team from almost day 1 and trade away Brewer because of him, then I will take him over those other guys.

He is a very good defender and he can shoot, the team just doesn't need him to score often. His shooting percentages are very good.

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I like Reggie Williams a

I like Reggie Williams a lot, but Matthews is in a much better situation to develop and succeed. The Warriors are a troubled franchise and Utah is probably one of the finest in the league.

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If i could move one to my

If i could move one to my team i would take reggie because as good as mathews is doing he does have a top notch point setting him up. I do like mathews defence, he has shown he isn't scared of guarding anyone and that is an asset by itself.

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Matthews remind me a lot of

Matthews remind me a lot of Anthony Parker.

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i have to say Mathews

i have to say Mathews because defense will keep you in the league. Also he played tough D on Kobe and Sloan likes him. That give him more credentials than Reggie Williams

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i have to say Mathews

i have to say Mathews because defense will keep you in the league. Also he played tough D on Kobe and Sloan likes him. That give him more credentials than Reggie Williams

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Wes is not a dleague. he is

Wes is not a dleague. he is only undrafted

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Wes is not a dleague. he is

Wes is not a dleague. he is only undrafted

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Actually i think Rakki is

Actually i think Rakki is right, i think he did the summer league and then got signed.

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Reggie Williams

I would prefer Reggie Williams, Matthews is an excellent player and I think he will be a solid all-around player as his career progresses but Williams surprised showing he can definitely put the ball in the hoop and help a ball team win. He is also left handed and it's a more difficult match up for other defenders so I would take Williams.

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Wesley Mathews because he

Wesley Mathews because he defends very well AND he's a respectable scorer/shooter. Williams can score/shoot, but he can't defend a chair. He never could... Not even in college. He's a perfect fit for Golden State due to their offensive run and gun system, but on any other team... He'd struggle fitting their defensive scheme.

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Why do people say he can't defend?

I've seen all his games this year and he defends well when guarding a 2, a is a different story. Reggie is the better all round offensive player, doesnt even come close and all though Wes is a good defender, Reggie is pretty good as well.

Great offense and pretty good defense > average or below average offense and good defense

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A defender on Golden State?

A defender on Golden State? That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

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If Wes

Was on GS he'd put up better numbers. Wes, EASILY...And lol at the Reggie plays good defense.

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Lol Reggie Williams is not a

Lol Reggie Williams is not a pretty good defender.......... hes a below averages defender, i do think hes better because he is a very completer offensive player.

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And I think Wes is a better

And I think Wes is a better offensive player then a lot of people think. At Marquette, the kid got to the line a ton which shows his ability to beat people ofo of the dribble and drive. He has a very good jumpshot with good range. He just isn't being asked to do that with the pick and roll system Utah employs.

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I'll go with Wes. I know I

I'll go with Wes. I know I am a jazz fan, so I pretty much have to go for him but the kid has impressed me. He has guarded some of best players in the league very well. He even challenged CJ Miles to get better defensively. Ever since the Ronnie Brewer trade, he and CJ have been contesting each other to "go get the ball". Wes started that, and it helped CJ play better and more consistently. I think the Jazz finally found their Jeff Hornacek that they have been searching for about 5-6 years. And yes, Rakki and the i in win are right, Wes did not come from the d-league. He was undrafted; he joined the Jazz on their summer league. He played so well, that Sloan liked what he saw, and he ended up being signed for the entire season.

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