Total Blazer fan here !!! I was just check'en out Jazz sites and Found A Nice take on Welsely Matthews via SLC DUNK ....and thought fellow blazers would like to know what we might be getting in Matthews?
posted by Yucca Man....
A lot of SG’s peak between 25 & 26. A lot also have a huge jump at 25.
So, here’s what I see for Wes’s potential:
After the Brewer trade he averaged about 12 ppg. 13 ppg in the playoffs. His defense improved through the season, as did his cutting. His 3 point shooting improved through the season.
Based on that beginning, his age, and the effect experience has on defensive improvement, rebounding, and passing, here’s what Wes could be from 25-30:
12 PPG, 3 RBD, 2 AST + very good defense
13 PPG, 3 RBD, 2 AST + very good defense
Reasonably optimistic improvement:
14 PPG, 3-4 RBD, 3 AST + one of the top 3 wing defenders in the league.
Absolutely best he could be:
15 PPG, 5 RB, 4 AST, 40% + 3 point shooter, best wing defender in the NBA
Considering the Jazz makeup (Deron is the leader, Millsap/Al is the primary #2, AK is secondary #2), taking Wesley with no improvement would still be taking the perfect player for this team. But he’ll probably get better. Like you said, we’re not talking a jump to MJ level, we’re looking at increments … but man I would love any of those possibilities.
No improvement at all would still be better than we’ve had the previous 4 years. It would be the kind of role player the top teams MUST have. And if he reaches the apex of his potential … wow, that’s quite the guy to have as a role player. I’d so take it.