Utah Jazz: Wesley Matthews magical rookie season continues to grow

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  • phnehme
    March 1, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    the Jazz have always been a point guard and power forward oriented team..SG needs to be complimentary...and Mathews is perfect for it. NY pick should be on our next PF...package the pick if you have to but lets go get Cousins....Also, Blount is being released today...Note to KOC there's our defensive presence, go get him...

  • The Truth
    March 1, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    I like Matthews coming off the bench as a defensive hustle guy. If he is your starting two guard, you are very week at that position. Jazz may be saying that next year about the 4 spot with Milsap when Booz walks.

    The Jazz need to upgrade the 2 guard spot. Here is to NY stinking it up the rest of the season, if the Jazz can get to the #2 spot in the lottery, Evan Turner would give the Jazz everything they lack in a two guard for the next decade.

    Other than that, I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to a legit two guard. Miles? um.....no!!

  • Pastor88
    Feb. 28, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    Oh TED. Wes is the lowest paid player on the team. So why would they trade for an older to save money?
    wes is a bargain in the production for dollar category.

  • Matthews
    Feb. 28, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    A good all around player,does it all for the Jazz,Korver is also a team player,cj, miles` boyfriend is a lazy worthless ballhog,no rebounds,just a waste

  • miles
    Feb. 28, 2010 7:40 p.m.

    third off bench after wes and korver

  • Ted
    Feb. 28, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    Matthews is a good player. Doing exceptionally well for an unsigned rookie. Expect the Jazz to trade him shortly for an old guy who's near the end of his NBA career to save a few bucks.

  • Miles
    Feb. 28, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    It's all about who is coaching. There are 29 other coaches who may not even play Matthews at all. It was injuries that even gave him a chance to be on a team. Had everyone been healthy Matthews wouldn't even be playing right now.

    That being said, he has made the most of the oppurtunity. Good job Wesley. I like him starting over CJ. CJ gets more scoring opportunities coming off the bench. With CJ on the bench, it allows Jerry to start AK knowing that he was instant offense off the bench. Things are looking good for the Jazz as long as Dwill, Boozer and Memo show up to play.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 28, 2010 3:40 p.m.

    "Just more proof that Sloan never plays rookies, and delights in crushing their spirits. Right??? "

    uhh Sloan was forced to play Matthews in the beginning and now because of the trade. Most fans knew Matthews should get more playing time but Sloan was too stupid to get it. If it wasn't for injuries the rookies would never get a chance from Sloan.

  • Not So Fast
    Feb. 28, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    Can't get on that bandwagon for Matthews. If Sloan designed plays for Miles or Korver like he has done for Matthews they would be the stars! Let's get some more 3 point plays going. Matthews is getting a big head...he thinks he's the second coming! Matthews has not been all that great since Brewer left....until last night that is...However his defense the night before was ugly. Let's save all the praise till we see more! He is still unproven! Sloan likes the way he throws his body around, but the kid has no finesse. Kind of reminds me of that bull in the china shop. It's hard to watch him play.

  • UkJazz
    Feb. 28, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    I was lucky enough to see Wes play @ the O2 in London against the Bulls in preseason. I knew nothing about him but he had a good all round game and I hoped he could make the grade. Boy did he do that, Sloan rarely gives ANY rookie much playing time, normally it's time on the pine. So for Wes to be playing as much as he is & doing as well as he is, is quite simply outstanding. We now have a shooting guard that CAN shoot (no disrespect to Brewer but it's true) long long long may it continue......

  • CL
    Feb. 28, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    Mathews is a great pick up, he is proof that hustle, guts, thoughness & determination are as much a talent as shooting or dribbling. Players that have those qualities are invaluable.
    As much as I like CJ's talent & potential, he will never push Mathews out of the starting lineup or get consistantly more minutes until he learns to play with that kind of intensity & toughness.
    I love how Mathews drives hard to the hole.
    He definately made Brewer expendable.
    Even though he plays with maturity beyond his yrs, he is only a rookie and will continue to get better.
    I'm glad we have him.
    That fall he had against Sac. would have had lots of other players missing several games, he is tough and just what we need.

  • Fuzzbrain
    Feb. 28, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    Well the Jazz have the luxury of having 2 great power forwards on the offensive end; so the more touches Millsap gets, the more games the Jazz will probably win. However if they don't establish Matthews as a viable option before the playoffs, then the Jazz will struggle against the Lakers & Nuggets. Turnovers & missed free throws will slow the Jazz in the playoffs, not whether they can win with a rookie shooting guard.

  • Annie
    Feb. 28, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    I love successful underdog stories. The challenge is not to let their egos get out of control and mess up their integrity. Matthews, Millsap and Gaines all appear to be grounded and eager to pursue successful NBA careers. Good luck to all of them! I LOVE our Jazzboys (even Boozer)!!!!

  • louisiana jazz man
    Feb. 28, 2010 10:09 a.m.

    will not go far with matthews as a starter. most games he is too short to def to short to go in the paint gets blocked 3 out of 4 times. not good odds. they need to start calling some plays for millsap before calling plays for matthews.

  • I love this guy!
    Feb. 28, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    How can anyone who follows the NBA, and especially the Jazz, not love everything about Mathews. He's hard-working, classy, humble---everything that is right about professional sports.

    Good luck to you Mathews, in your future here on the Jazz!

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2
    Feb. 28, 2010 9:16 a.m.

    Just more proof that Sloan never plays rookies, and delights in crushing their spirits. Right???

  • Bone
    Feb. 28, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    Keep Him!

  • fossil.
    Feb. 28, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    I always liked Wes, hope they sign him for many years. its really fun to watch the new guys get better and possibly become allstars. i even watched stockton blossom from a backup to green. New York lost again last night so watching two teams hoping for NY to loose to get that high draft pick possible super star this summner.

  • Houdini
    Feb. 28, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    I really like this kid,lots of people saying he`s too short but his hard work covers that,last night along with 18 points he had 3 boards and 3 assists,all proving he`s willing to do whatever it takes to help us win,we really lucked out getting him,a small Paul Millsap.And don`t forget korver last night 5 boards and 6 assists,another hard worker

  • Bossk
    Feb. 28, 2010 7:18 a.m.

    A great story. Wesley Matthews' effort and accomplishments, like he says, are a testament to the fact that hard work and determination can pay off. What a great example to the young kids of the Salt Lake area. Go Wesley! Have the time of your life.