Utah Jazz’ Happy Problem: Finding Minutes For Wesley Matthews

December 3rd, 2009 by Mark Welling Leave a reply »

If you are any kind of athlete you like to be able to point to some statistic in order to prove your worth.  The ability for an athlete to be able to point to something tangible leads to an athlete getting millions of dollars worth of contracts.

New Jazz man Wesley Matthews has two major stats proving his value to Utah. 

First, this season the Jazz have employed a new defensive grading system.  After each game Jefferson Sweeney, the Jazz video coordinator, will look at the video of every defensive possession, and put together the grade for each player after each game.  Which Jazz player has consistently received the highest grade for his defensive prowess? Andrei Kirilenko? Ronnie Brewer? Deron Williams?

Nope—it is undrafted rookie Wesley Matthews. 

Matthews has been able to find playing time because of his defensive abilities.  He will do the small things on the defensive end to help the Jazz win basketball games.  Matthews seems to be fearless, regardless of his defensive assignment. 

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