Wesley Matthews

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Wesley Matthews

A lot of people do not understand why the Blazers signed an undrafted rookie to such a big contract but to me, Matthew has proven he deserves it. With Roy's absent giving Matthews the starting position, he has really shown he is a good player. Is a tough minded/nosed player who can flat out play the game of basketball. He does not mind guarding the opposing team's best perimeter player and is a damn good defender and has a knack for taking/making tough shots and scoring the basketball. He has been a bright spot for the Blazers organization and has really made people eat their words and proven that he did in fact deserve to be drafted

What are your overall thoughts on him?


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Solid athleticism, ideal size

Solid athleticism, ideal size for a SG, and a very good senior year, I was surprised when he went Undrafted. He is living up to the contract that he signed this off-season, but I do have my doubts as to whether he will get any better than what he is now. I think his ceiling is where he is now (a 16-17PPG scorer) and an excellent defender. He would be a great asset for a contending team, which is what Portland was supposecto be, before the injuries.

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As a Jazz fan i was sad to

As a Jazz fan i was sad to see him go. He earned a starting job in Utah., and stepped up his play in the playoffs. I can remember him going heads up with one of the leagues best in Kobe Bryant in the 2nd round last year. For a rookie not to back down and more than hold his own was impressive. I was hoping the Blazers overpaid out of spite, but oviously they didn't.

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I got a chance to watch him

I got a chance to watch him play every game at Marquette. Everyone was hyping up Dominic James and Jerel McNeal but I always thought, "This kid looks better to me." 6'5 defensive stopper who can attack the rim and step out to 3.

Yeah, I'll take that. Plus, he is coachable and Sloan had nothing but high praise for him.

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And he's what only 24? You

And he's what only 24? You got to think he can only get better. Got him for close to the mle, 5 yrs 35mil i think.16ppg on a winning team in only 31 minutes. I could see him scoring upwards of 17-19 a game.

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^^^

Believe it or not 24 yrs old is when NBA players enter their prime, and I think Matthews is right about in his prime right now. Expecting him to be a 19PPG or close to 20PPG would be an aberration, he's not a go to guy type scorer, and if you have him as your #1 or #2 scorer, your probably not a good team. His best role is the 3rd option who defends the opposing team's best perimeter player. Which is what Portland had in mind, be a 3rd option behind Roy and Aldridge but he has been asked to be the 2nd option due to injuries.

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I had Matthews as a 2nd round

I had Matthews as a 2nd round pick...I felt he'd be a better pro than James or McNeal..McNeal had problems creating his own offense..And even though James was a great athlete,he was a poor free throw shooter,lacked height and had a streaky jump shot..Matthews could score in alot of different ways..

He played with alot of determination at Marquette...His dad played with that same fire,except his dad was smaller...His dad style of play was similar to Mike Conley...

This might sound strange,but his aggressiveness has rubbed off on Aldridge..Aldridge is playing alot tougher inside since Matthews has been inserted into the lineup...

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20 something is when you

20 something is when you enter your prime. But most good players play some of their best basketball into their late 20's and some even early 30's and still are in their "prime". But you are right on a championship team he's a defencive stopper, and a 3rd option on offence at best.

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Great find

This guy was a great find and hes looking alot better than most of the first round draft picks from the same draft. This shows that alot of nba ready players are getting pasted up for potential guys. Mathews is a guy to me like a john starks a undrafted player who becomes a above average player and local star. I also think hes a prime example of whats wrong with the way gms draft. There always looking for the most athletic instead of the guy with greatest intangibles. Based on production alone Mathews is behind only about 5 players from his draft class in terms of production.

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He's good, but he's not a

He's good, but he's not a great Roy replacement because while he's a great defender, he hesitated a number of times tonight taking big shots, struggled to create his own when the D stepped it up a notch and did very little in OT. I still feel like they overpaid, and would be a lot better playing with a superstar wing as a 3rd option. That said, Aldridge was impressive as a go-to guy down the stretch, and if the Blazers can retain Oden/get him healthy their future might not be as bleak as it seems.

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John Starks is a great

John Starks is a great comparison. My cousin who is a girl actually put me on to Wes Mathews she use to watch Marquette because she was a Dominic James fan but when she came back from the Big East Tourny in N.Y. 2 years ago she told me about how good Mathews is and he plays like an NBA player. He just had that feel to his game and that toughness. But I didn't even think Mathews would be drafted and he didn't get drafted. He wasn't invited to the combine which is usually the death kiss for seniors who are trying to get drafted. But he is the real deal. He is somebody who is just a rock solid 2 guard.

And I agree that nowadays 24 is old. Before the top rookies were usually college jr's and sr's who were like 21 or 22 and it took them till they were like 25 to really hit their stride in the league but them ages have all moves up with advanced scouting and higher expectations of young players. Look at Wall who is only 20 if he is still 24 with the same problems people will be calling him a bust because by the time Wall is 24 he should have most of the wrinkles ironed out of his game.

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Wes

Brandon Roy Who?

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At first I thought the Jazz

At first I thought the Jazz were being smart by not matching the offer on him in the offseason. This doesn't mean that I didn't think he earned the starting job, it just means that I didn't think he would have much more of a ceiling to reach meaning his rookie year was basically his ceiling. But now I do regret it very much. He's making up for Brandon Roy. At first I thought he could do it to an extent but not fully, but he most definitely is doing that now. Keep up the good work, I still love you as a player even though you left the Jazz.

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When the Blazers signed

When the Blazers signed Wesley Matthews for the full MLE, I thought they were crazy because frankly Matthews showed that he's a solid player while with the Jazz, but I would never have imagine what he's doing now in place of Brandon Roy. I thought the Blazers needed to "overpay" for Matthews just to bid him off the Jazz, but maybe they really saw something in him to give him that big (relatively to his 1st year) contract.

Given Brandon Roy's health, the Blazers should really consider trading away Roy if they can get any value. His knees are very concerning and his contract is huge and it looks like Matthews can probably play @ 80% of what Roy could do for less than half the salaries.

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man

starting to wish he was still in utah instead of raja bell

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