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Wesley Matthews has always been a consistent player for the Blazers and a nice third option on offense.
But the Blazers felt that they could improve the position so they went out and drafted C.J. McCollum in the first round this year.
McCollum has missed the entire season so far, and there is no timetable for his return.
Matthews, meanwhile, decided that he wasn't going to wait around for the rookie to take his job.
Matthews is having a career year, scoring close to 16 points per game and knocking down an amazing 50 percent of his triple tries.
Matthews, like Lillard, has also improved his rebounding and is a featured defender on the perimeter.
But the real value in Matthews is his ability to stretch the floor, which creates havoc down low with spacing.
Lopez and Aldridge both owe a lot of their success to Matthews.
His assists are slightly down, but Matthews isn't typically asked to pass the ball that much, anyway.
Initial Grade: A-