Wesley Matthews Is A Breakout Trail Blazer In The NBA

November 23rd, 2010 by Bjorn Zetterberg Leave a reply »
By now, just about every Blazer fan knows his story: Undrafted rookie free agent who earned a starting spot for conference rival Utah and was then signed by the Blazers to a gaudy contract.

He plays with a fire that you don’t see from many NBA players, who sometimes can get caught going through the motions in an 82 game schedule. Last year, Wesley Matthews was simply out to prove that he belonged in the league. Under legendary coach Jerry Sloan, someone who doesn’t normally hand rookies much playing time, he earned his way into the starting rotation with defense, hustle, and playmaking. 

This year, he wants to prove to his skeptics that he was worth the five year, $34 million deal that the Blazers entrusted him with and fans questioned during the team’s absence of a true GM.

In recent games, Matthews has played like he deserved every dollar of that contract.

Coming out of Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin, Matthews was the 24th ranked SG in the nation, a 4* recruit and was named "2005 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball." After his high school days were finished, he became part of a talented recruiting class of th ...

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