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Wesley Matthews

31-Year-Old       Dallas Mavericks

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

13.5

REB

3.5

AST

2.9

STL

1.1

BLK

0.2

2017-18 NBA Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Matthews put together another relatively healthy campaign, starting all 73 games he played in during his second year in Dallas. He saw his overall averages increase, as his 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals were all slightly up from a season prior. One of...

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HT: 6' 5"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 10/14/1986  College: Marquette   DRAFTED: 0th Rd, #0 Overall in 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a four-year, $70.06 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2015.

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Matthews gathered 15 points (5-12 FG, 5-9 3Pt), eight rebounds, five assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Wednesday's matchup against the Hawks.

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Wesley Matthews NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 82 24.7 9.4 2.3 1.5 0.8 0.2 0.8 48.3 82.9 1.1 0.6 1.7 2.0 38.2 3.3 6.9 2.0 2.4
2010-11 23 POR 82 33.6 15.9 3.1 2.0 1.2 0.1 1.9 44.9 84.4 1.7 0.6 2.6 4.6 40.7 5.4 11.9 3.2 3.8
2011-12 24 POR 66 33.8 13.7 3.4 1.7 1.5 0.2 2.0 41.2 86.0 1.1 0.8 2.5 5.1 38.3 4.8 11.6 2.2 2.6
2012-13 25 POR 69 34.8 14.8 2.8 2.5 1.3 0.3 2.4 43.6 79.7 1.6 0.5 2.3 6.2 39.8 5.1 11.7 2.2 2.7
2013-14 26 POR 82 33.9 16.4 3.5 2.4 0.9 0.2 2.5 44.1 83.7 1.3 0.6 2.9 6.2 39.3 5.4 12.3 3.1 3.7
2014-15 27 POR 60 33.7 15.9 3.7 2.3 1.3 0.2 2.9 44.8 75.2 1.4 0.6 3.1 7.4 38.9 5.6 12.5 1.8 2.4
2015-16 28 DAL 78 33.9 12.5 3.1 1.9 1.0 0.2 2.4 38.8 86.3 1.0 0.3 2.7 6.7 36.0 4.2 10.9 1.6 1.9
2016-17 29 DAL 73 34.2 13.5 3.5 2.9 1.1 0.2 2.4 39.3 81.6 1.4 0.2 3.3 6.6 36.3 4.6 11.6 2.0 2.5
2017-18 30 DAL 1 37.0 15.0 8.0 5.0 1.0 0.0 5.0 41.7 0.0 5.0 2.0 6.0 9.0 55.6 5.0 12.0 0.0 0.0
2017-18 Projections 31 DAL 76 32.7 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Wesley Matthews

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2016-17 NBA Game Log   Wesley Matthews
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 12 @MEM 93-100 Did Not Play
Apr 11 DEN 91-109 Did Not Play
Apr 9 @PHO 124-111 19 7 1 2 0 0 1 3 10 0 0 1 8 0 1 1
Apr 7 SAS 89-102 16 6 4 5 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Apr 5 @LAC 112-101 36 11 5 6 0 0 2 4 9 0 0 3 4 1 4 4
Apr 4 @SAC 98-87 Did Not Play
Apr 2 @MIL 105-109 34 8 1 6 0 0 1 3 10 0 0 2 9 0 1 2
Mar 31 @MEM 99-90 35 13 3 7 0 1 2 5 10 0 0 3 6 0 3 1
Mar 29 @NOP 121-118 37 10 3 4 0 0 1 4 8 0 0 2 4 0 3 2
Mar 27 OKC 91-92 37 15 4 4 1 0 2 5 13 3 3 2 9 0 4 2
Mar 25 TOR 86-94 34 4 6 5 3 2 3 2 12 0 2 0 7 1 5 2
Mar 23 LAC 97-95 35 5 4 6 1 1 1 1 8 2 3 1 4 0 4 3
Mar 21 GSW 87-112 33 8 3 4 2 0 2 3 8 0 0 2 5 1 2 0
Mar 19 @BKN 104-111 36 15 5 3 1 0 2 5 9 3 5 2 3 0 5 4
Mar 17 @PHI 116-74 24 3 2 2 0 0 2 1 8 1 2 0 5 0 2 2
Mar 15 @WAS 107-112 Did Not Play
Mar 13 @TOR 100-78 18 2 1 4 0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 1
Mar 11 PHO 98-100 35 7 7 3 1 0 1 1 6 4 4 1 4 3 4 5
Mar 10 BKN 105-96 33 9 7 3 2 0 3 2 11 4 4 1 6 0 7 3
Mar 7 LAL 122-111 25 15 2 2 0 0 0 5 9 0 0 5 7 0 2 2
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Mar 5 OKC 104-89 32 9 0 4 3 0 0 3 8 2 2 1 4 0 0 2
Mar 3 MEM 104-100 Did Not Play
Mar 1 @ATL 100-95 Did Not Play
Feb 27 MIA 96-89 34 9 4 1 2 0 5 1 4 6 6 1 2 0 4 2
Feb 25 NOP 96-83 30 10 2 3 1 0 2 3 7 2 2 2 6 0 2 1
Feb 24 @MIN 97-84 37 7 5 3 0 1 1 2 9 2 2 1 5 1 4 4
Feb 15 @DET 98-91 37 8 2 3 2 0 0 4 13 0 0 0 7 0 2 1
Feb 13 BOS 98-111 35 18 7 3 0 0 0 5 12 7 10 1 5 0 7 3
Feb 11 ORL 112-80 25 20 4 6 1 0 1 7 10 0 0 6 8 0 4 3
Feb 9 UTA 112-105 42 15 6 5 1 0 2 6 10 2 2 1 3 0 6 3
Feb 7 POR 113-114 39 23 2 5 1 0 1 9 17 2 2 3 7 1 1 4
Feb 6 @DEN 110-87 34 10 7 8 1 0 1 3 8 3 4 1 3 0 7 3
Feb 3 @POR 104-108 40 27 6 3 0 0 2 8 17 8 9 3 6 0 6 3
Feb 1 PHI 113-95 31 9 6 1 0 0 1 3 9 2 2 1 4 0 6 2
Jan 30 CLE 104-97 37 21 4 2 0 0 0 6 16 7 7 2 9 1 3 3
Jan 29 @SAS 101-105 31 17 7 3 2 0 1 6 10 3 4 2 5 0 7 2
Jan 26 @OKC 109-98 Did Not Play
Jan 25 NYK 103-95 Did Not Play
Jan 22 LAL 122-73 14 13 2 2 1 0 1 5 9 0 0 3 5 1 1 0
Jan 20 UTA 107-112 39 11 8 3 1 0 2 4 10 2 2 1 4 1 7 4
Jan 19 @MIA 99-95 37 18 5 1 0 1 0 7 14 0 0 4 9 0 5 1
Jan 17 @CHI 98-99 40 11 4 2 0 0 1 4 10 0 0 3 5 0 4 3
Jan 15 MIN 98-87 35 19 7 1 0 1 1 7 15 1 2 4 8 0 7 2
Jan 12 @PHO 108-113 38 18 0 5 1 0 1 7 14 0 0 4 8 0 0 1
Jan 9 @MIN 101-92 37 2 4 5 0 0 2 1 7 0 0 0 3 0 4 3
Jan 7 ATL 82-97 33 9 4 1 0 0 1 3 12 0 0 3 7 0 4 4
Jan 5 PHO 95-102 36 9 2 2 1 2 2 3 12 2 2 1 8 0 2 2
Jan 3 WAS 113-105 38 12 2 2 0 1 0 5 11 0 0 2 4 0 2 0
Dec 30 @GSW 108-99 30 14 2 1 3 0 0 5 14 2 2 2 4 1 1 1
Dec 29 @LAL 89-101 35 20 6 2 0 0 0 6 14 4 6 4 9 1 5 1
Dec 27 HOU 107-123 29 19 1 1 1 0 0 7 13 2 2 3 7 0 1 2
Dec 26 @NOP 111-104 36 17 2 2 2 0 4 4 11 6 7 3 7 0 2 2
Dec 23 @LAC 88-90 40 16 6 2 3 1 0 6 16 3 6 1 8 0 6 3
Dec 21 @POR 95-96 41 16 4 3 3 0 1 6 16 3 5 1 7 0 4 3
Dec 19 @DEN 117-107 36 9 0 5 1 0 2 3 11 1 1 2 6 0 0 1
Dec 18 SAC 99-79 35 15 2 1 1 0 2 6 13 0 0 3 8 0 2 3
Dec 16 @UTA 103-100 33 13 2 1 3 0 3 4 11 2 2 3 7 0 2 3
Dec 14 DET 85-95 38 4 2 4 4 0 1 2 10 0 0 0 5 0 2 3
Dec 12 DEN 112-92 32 25 4 0 2 0 0 10 14 0 0 5 7 0 4 1
Dec 10 @HOU 109-87 35 26 3 2 1 0 0 8 22 5 7 5 13 1 2 1
Dec 9 IND 111-103 36 26 4 3 1 0 1 8 16 5 8 5 10 0 4 2
Dec 7 SAC 89-120 33 16 4 1 1 1 1 6 10 0 0 4 6 0 4 1
Dec 5 CHA 101-109 35 16 5 3 0 0 0 5 13 2 2 4 9 0 5 2
Dec 3 CHI 107-82 35 26 3 2 2 0 3 9 17 1 1 7 11 0 3 4
Dec 1 @CHA 97-87 39 14 3 2 0 0 1 4 15 5 5 1 11 0 3 2
Nov 30 SAS 87-94 37 26 2 1 2 1 1 8 19 5 6 5 11 0 2 1
Nov 27 NOP 91-81 39 21 3 3 0 0 1 7 14 1 2 6 8 1 2 2
Nov 25 @CLE 128-90 29 6 2 3 1 0 4 2 8 0 0 2 7 0 2 0
Nov 23 LAC 104-124 30 18 4 2 0 1 5 6 10 3 3 3 3 0 4 2
Nov 21 @SAS 96-91 40 20 5 4 1 0 4 6 13 5 7 3 7 1 4 3
Nov 19 @ORL 95-87 36 13 4 2 0 0 2 4 11 2 2 3 6 0 4 0
Nov 18 MEM 64-80 31 9 2 1 1 0 1 3 10 1 1 2 7 0 2 0
Nov 16 @BOS 90-83 38 22 3 0 2 0 1 7 15 2 3 6 13 0 3 1
Nov 14 @NYK 93-77 34 8 5 1 2 0 1 3 9 0 0 2 5 0 5 2
Nov 9 @GSW 116-95 Did Not Play
Nov 8 @LAL 97-109 38 9 3 7 2 0 1 4 10 0 0 1 4 1 2 2
Nov 6 MIL 86-75 44 9 1 1 3 0 2 3 17 0 0 3 14 0 1 3
Nov 4 POR 95-105 29 7 0 1 0 0 3 1 6 4 5 1 2 0 0 5
Nov 2 @UTA 97-81 36 12 1 2 0 1 1 4 9 1 1 3 5 0 1 2
Oct 30 @HOU 93-92 41 25 4 3 2 0 1 9 25 4 4 3 15 1 3 6
Oct 28 HOU 98-106 37 13 4 1 1 0 1 4 14 4 4 1 8 0 4 3
Oct 26 @IND 130-121 40 13 5 3 3 0 1 3 16 5 6 2 10 0 5 4

Wesley Matthews – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#1 Small Forward
Also Listed As:  #3 Shooting Guard

1.  Wesley Matthews

2.  Harrison Barnes

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Dallas Mavericks

True Shooting Percentage

53.3%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Wesley Matthews had a true shooting percentage of 53.3%.

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Wesley Matthews NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 82 36.0 13.7 3.4 2.2 1.1 0.3 1.1 48.3 82.9 1.7 0.9 2.5 2.9 38.2 4.9 10.1 2.8 3.4
2010-11 23 POR 82 36.0 17.0 3.4 2.1 1.3 0.1 2.0 44.9 84.4 1.8 0.6 2.7 4.9 40.7 5.7 12.8 3.5 4.1
2011-12 24 POR 66 36.0 14.6 3.6 1.8 1.6 0.2 2.1 41.2 86.0 1.2 0.9 2.7 5.4 38.3 5.1 12.3 2.4 2.8
2012-13 25 POR 69 36.0 15.3 2.9 2.6 1.3 0.3 2.5 43.6 79.7 1.6 0.5 2.3 6.4 39.8 5.3 12.1 2.2 2.8
2013-14 26 POR 82 36.0 17.4 3.7 2.6 1.0 0.2 2.6 44.1 83.7 1.4 0.7 3.1 6.6 39.3 5.8 13.1 3.3 3.9
2014-15 27 POR 60 36.0 17.0 3.9 2.5 1.4 0.2 3.1 44.8 75.2 1.4 0.7 3.3 7.9 38.9 6.0 13.4 1.9 2.6
2015-16 28 DAL 78 36.0 13.3 3.2 2.1 1.1 0.2 2.6 38.8 86.3 1.1 0.4 2.9 7.1 36.0 4.5 11.6 1.7 2.0
2016-17 29 DAL 73 36.0 14.2 3.7 3.0 1.1 0.2 2.5 39.3 81.6 1.5 0.3 3.5 6.9 36.3 4.8 12.2 2.1 2.6
2017-18 30 DAL 1 36.0 14.6 7.8 4.9 1.0 0.0 4.9 41.7 0.0 4.9 1.9 5.8 8.8 55.6 4.9 11.7 0.0 0.0
2017-18 Projections 31 DAL 76 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Wesley Matthews

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Wesley Matthews NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2009-10 22 82 2023 769 191 124 64 15 63 48.3 82.9 93 50 141 165 38.2 273 565 160 193
2010-11 23 POR 82 2758 1300 258 164 102 9 154 44.9 84.4 138 48 210 378 40.7 440 979 266 315
2011-12 24 POR 66 2228 904 224 113 96 15 129 41.2 86.0 73 56 168 337 38.3 314 763 147 171
2012-13 25 POR 69 2403 1022 191 174 90 18 169 43.6 79.7 109 35 156 425 39.8 352 808 149 187
2013-14 26 POR 82 2780 1343 289 197 76 14 201 44.1 83.7 110 51 238 511 39.3 445 1009 252 301
2014-15 27 POR 60 2024 956 222 139 77 10 173 44.8 75.2 81 38 184 445 38.9 337 752 109 145
2015-16 28 DAL 78 2644 977 238 151 78 17 189 38.8 86.3 78 27 211 525 36.0 331 854 126 146
2016-17 29 DAL 73 2495 986 259 210 77 15 174 39.3 81.6 102 18 241 479 36.3 333 847 146 179
2017-18 30 DAL 1 37 15 8 5 1 0 5 41.7 0.0 5 2 6 9 55.6 5 12 0 0
2017-18 Projections 31 DAL 76 2485 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Wesley Matthews

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Wesley Matthews NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2009-10 22 82 24.7 59.2 53.9 14.3 10.7 1.3 9.1
2010-11 23 POR 82 33.6 58.2 52.8 11.6 9.7 1.2 13.5
2011-12 24 POR 66 33.8 53.9 49.6 11.0 7.1 1.5 12.2
2012-13 25 POR 69 34.8 57.4 54.0 14.8 9.3 1.6 12.9
2013-14 26 POR 82 33.9 58.8 54.1 13.6 7.6 1.8 14.6
2014-15 27 POR 60 33.7 58.6 56.3 13.4 7.8 1.7 14.5
2015-16 28 DAL 78 33.9 53.2 49.8 13.2 6.8 1.9 10.8
2016-17 29 DAL 73 34.2 53.3 49.6 17.0 8.2 2.1 12.3
2017-18 30 DAL 1 37.0 62.5 62.5 22.7 22.7 1.0 17.0
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Wesley Matthews: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Matthews will draw the start for Friday's preseason finale against the Hornets, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews will sit out Thursday's game against the Hawks for rest, Mavericks' play-by-play analyst Mark Followill reports.

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Matthews, who sat out the Mavericks' last preseason game Oct. 5 for rest purposes, isn't listed on the team's injury report heading into Monday's exhibition against the Magic, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews will sit out Thursday's preseason matchup with the Magic for rest, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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Matthews scored four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) while adding five assists and four rebounds in 12 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bucks.

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Matthews (ankle) will start at small forward for Monday's preseason opener against the Bucks, Bobby Karalla of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's exhibition against the Bucks, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews was held out of Friday's intra-squad scrimmage due to a sore right ankle, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews will be rested for the Mavericks' season finale Wednesday against the Grizzlies, Eddie Sefko of SportsDay reports.

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Matthew will take Tuesday's game against the Nuggets off in order to rest, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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Matthews is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Mavericks' radio pregame host Mike Peasley reports.

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Matthews will sit out Tuesday's game against the Kings for rest purposes, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

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2016-17

Matthews tore his Achilles in March of 2015 but vowed to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. The veteran made good on his promise, recovering in less than eight months to start and play 26 minutes in an opening night win over the Suns. While Matthews was never quite himself last season, he still finished with respectable per-game averages of 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals. His field-goal percentage took a significant dive (career-low 38.8%), yet he remained a strong outside shooter, converting 36 percent of his 6.7 three-point attempts per game. With a full offseason to prepare, a bounce back seems likely as Matthews enters his age-30 season. The Mavericks added Harrison Barnes on the wing, but the departure of Chandler Parsons should make that a relatively seamless swap in terms of its potential impact on Matthews' role. Expect Matthews to hold a firm grasp on the starting shooting guard spot, while likely moving closer to his career shooting efficiency numbers (43.5% from the field, 38.7% from the three-point line). If Matthews is able to stay healthy, he's worth a look in the middle rounds in most leagues.

2015-16

Matthews was leading the NBA in three-pointers made before suffering a torn Achilles tendon. As a result, the six-year veteran played a career-low 60 games. Before the injury, Matthews averaged 34 minutes per game and finished the season averaging 15.9 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He shot 45 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. Despite the injury, Dallas signed Matthews to a max-deal in the offseason, citing his ability to defend and stretch the floor on offense as being well worth the risk. Unfortunately, Achilles injuries are very difficult to bounce back from, though Matthews appears determined to be ready for Opening Night. Despite the optimism, the Mavericks plan on handling his rehab conservatively, understanding Matthews is a major piece of their team moving forward. Don't be surprised if he misses the start of the season and needs a significant amount of time to return to form. His style of play isn't predicated on athleticism, so he's better suited to bounce back than others, though a considerable dip in productivity should be expected.

2014-15

In each of his five NBA seasons, Wesley Matthews has increased his three-point total on, settling at 201 successful attempts in 2013-14. The mark was the second-most by a Blazer in franchise history, and only a degree behind Damian Lillard's 218 on the season. In the meantime, Matthews recorded 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 three-pointers per game, joining his fellow starters with his own personal career highs. He's a true difference maker on the defensive end, though, generally taking on an opponent's top wing on a nightly basis. During Portland's six-game first-round victory over the Rockets, for example, Matthews teamed with Nicolas Batum to harass James Harden into 38-percent shooting from the field, a colossal eight-point drop from Harden' season-long clip. Although Matthews will likely never put up intriguing lines, outside of his proficiency from deep, his durability - namely, only missing games in one of his five seasons - is all but a given. Additionally, no matter the composition of the guard rotation, since Matthews signed with the Blazers in the summer of 2010, he's been handed at least 33 minutes per game.

2013-14

After suiting up for every game in his first three seasons in the league, Matthews missed 13 games due to hip and ankle injuries and would later require surgery on his non-shooting elbow in the offseason. In spite of the various ailments, Matthews still averaged a career-high 35 minutes per game, largely due to a dearth of talent on the Blazers' bench. Aside from a small uptick in scoring (14.8 points) and three-point production (2.4 threes per game) and a downgrade in rebounding (2.8), Matthews more or less held constant across the board. Never a player to pile up notable counting stats outside of the scoring column, Matthews figures to see his numbers take a hit after the Blazers made beefing up their reserve unit a priority in the offseason. In addition to signing Mo Williams and Dorell Wright and trading for Robin Lopez, Portland added C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick in this summer's draft. With Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum locked into full-time roles at point guard and small forward, Matthews' playing time seems to be the most threatened by McCollum, a talented scoring guard who will be tabbed as the Blazers' sixth man to start the season and could ultimately usurp Matthews of his starting job.

2012-13

With the retirement of Brandon Roy, Matthews filled the shooting guard slot for the Trail Blazers and excelled at just about everything, except the “shooting” part. While Matthews held steady across pretty much every category, a 41.2 field goal percentage cut his scoring average down two full points per game. Matthews was plagued by an over-reliance on the jump shot, as he attempted nearly half a shot more from beyond the arc per game and shot at a lower percentage than the year before. He also got to the line a lot less, dropping from 3.8 free throws per game to 2.6. If Matthews can curb his outside shooting and get to the rack more frequently, he could emerge as Portland’s most viable perimeter threat. The team will likely lean on Matthews early on with rookie Damian Lillard slated to handle point guard duties, which should only help his numbers. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see Matthews add more assists to his repertoire, but he makes up for that with his dependable steals totals (1.5 per game in 2011-12) and low turnover rate (1.1 per game). Though he perhaps relied on the three-ball too much, he still nailed two threes per game, tying for 12th in the NBA. Matthews has the potential to work out the kinks in his game and become an upper-level shooting guard this season.

2011-12

Matthews has been rehabbing his “messed up” ankle all offseason, but it’s believed he should be ready when training camp starts. With Brandon Roy’s career teetering on the edge of a cliff, Matthews has come to be considered the shooting guard of both the present and the future for the Trail Blazers. Through 69 games as a starter last season, Matthews averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.4 steals, and 1.7 turnovers in 36 minutes. His minutes and scoring tapered off a little after the Blazers acquired Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline, but that loss in minutes may have also been related to the ankle injury he was fighting through for the last two months of the season. Matthews may still be undervalued in some drafts due to his season averages being slightly lowered from the 13 games he has used in limited action at the beginning of the season, but don’t let him slip in drafts. His ability to contribute better-than-average stats in three-pointers and steals make him an ideal shooting guard to own in fantasy.

2010-11

Matthews' 2009-10 campaign has to be considered a success -- from a financial perspective, if nothing else. He started the year as an undrafted free agent, signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Jazz, started 48 games, and then signed a five-year offer sheet, worth about $33 million, with the Trail Blazers this offseason. As with his real-life skillset, he offers no one standout tool in fantasy, either. Nor is he likely to play more than 30 minutes per game, making him waiver-wire fodder in most formats.