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Room for Improvement: Wesley Matthews' Playmaking

Wesley Matthews is one of my favorite Trail Blazers.  He’s tough, plays good defense, has a good long range shooting stroke, and is a fiery competitor.  He leads by example, plays through injuries, and  seems to be constantly in motion, without the ball, to give his teammates open passing lanes.  Most of all, he has heart.

One part of his game that I would like to see him improve on would be his playmaking abilities.  His below average ball-handling, coupled with his lack of athleticism, keeps him from getting in the paint as much as I would like to see, and I don’t think that part of his game will ever improve.  What he could improve on, in my opinion, is finding open teammates in space and creating easier baskets for his teammates in the post.

Matthews helps spread out the floor with his 3pt shooting and he is always fighting to get open, but when he has the ball in his hands and puts it on the floor, he can be a liability.  He seems to get tunnel vision at these times and isn’t looking for open teammates, but rather, trying to create a shot for himself, which he is lackluster, at best.

Although there is much to Matthews game that I love, I would rather see Mo Williams in the game more with Damian Lillard sliding over to the two guard spot.  This would give the Blazers an extra playmaker on the floor and give Lillard a chance to play off the ball.

I feel that Matthews would be better suited as a 6th or 7th man and providing a spark off of the bench that the Blazers so desperately need.

So what do you think?  Can Matthews improve his playmaking?  Should he be starting or coming off of the bench?  Post your comments below.


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