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Wesley Matthews’ overall game has greatly improved this season, but most importantly, he has been an assassin from long range, shooting 44.3 percent and knocking in 90 three-pointers thus far. The Blazers have a deadly combination when Lillard drives and kicks to Matthews, particularly in the corners, where he is shooting an astounding 50 percent, per NBA.com.
Another affective weapon Matthews has added to his arsenal is his post-up game. Although, predominantly an outside shooter, at 6’5” and 220 pounds, when Matthews is guarded by a smaller defender, he is quite effective down low, converting nearly 50 percent of his post ups.
Along with his improved offensive game, his defense has been impressive as well. With the Blazers already having a resident lockdown defender in Batum, Matthews adds another solid defender on the wing, something Portland lacks. Big and physical, he is able to match up with the majority of the wings in the NBA.
Matthews’ All-Star-caliber play and continued improvement has been a huge key to the Blazers’ success and has made him Portland's best player aside from Aldridge and Lillard so far this season.