Portland Trail Blazers Need Another Big Season From Wesley Matthews

By John Raffel
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Portland’s Trail Blazers‘ needs during the offseason, especially via the NBA Draft, has been on a center and for a very good reason. The Trail Blazers seem to be set at other positions, although they can always use more depth at any spot.

The team should feel comfortable with their situation at guard, especially with Wesley Matthews, who is coming off a solid season and wouldn’t mind stepping it up a few notches in other areas.

Like other Blazers, Matthews realizes that regardless of the season he had, the team lost their last 13 and wound up with a disappointing 33-49 record. Offseason moves are probably coming up even after the draft, but he is likely to remain in Portland.

Last season, Matthews averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game. He shot 43.6 percent from the floor, 39.8 percent in threes and 79.7 percent from the free-throw line.

His shooting percentage could use some work. Late in the season, Matthews scored 18 points in 38 minutes against the Houston Rockets but shot 6-of-19 in field goals and 1-of-11 in threes. Against the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 12 points but shot 5-of-16 from the floor and 2-of-10 in threes.

He’s an excellent guard and the Blazers are set in that spot at least for now. That would give the team options in other areas, but it’s obviously critical that Matthews doesn’t have an off season. If he doesn’t, they could be a playoff team. If not, it could be another long season for Portland.

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