Season stats: 16.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists
Why he should be selected
Wesley Matthews came into this season with a chip on his shoulder, looking to prove himself as a legit NBA starter. The 26-year-old is averaging career highs in points, assists, steals (2.1) and three-point percentage (41.0).
Matthews wants to become an elite defender, and he's come out to make a name for himself. Matthews' defense played a big role in shutting down James Harden earlier this season in a road victory at Houston.
“My mom said the best way to get seen is to guard the other team’s best player, because all the college coaches are watching him,’’ Matthews told Jason Quick of The Oregonian. “They had to see, ‘Dang, so-and-so had only five points. Who’s guarding him?'"
What's his drawback?
Like Batum, Matthews still has a lot to prove to consider himself one of the top guards in the game. He's a streak shooter, can be inconsistent and his ball-handling has drawn criticism.
While there's no questioning his effort on a nightly basis, Matthews still isn't in the upper echelon of guards in the West just yet.
Chances of being selected: 5 percent
How to vote for Matthews
On Twitter, tweet: "Wesley Matthews #NBABALLOT"
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On the NBA's official website