Dallas Mavericks: Mid-Season Forward Grades
At the beginning of the season, possibly the last Mavericks player you would have guessed to be sitting at an A- grade was Wesley Matthews. Much like last season where Wes was fighting off the pains of an offseason achilles surgery, Matthews just looked like he was a shell of his former self.
Now, Wes is the lone representative for the Dallas Mavericks at All-Star Weekend where he will be competing in the 3-point contest. Matthews is tied for 9th in the league in made threes and is shooting nearly 39% from beyond the arc. This is even more impressive when you realize that he only made 14 of his fist 58 three-point attempts. That is about a 24% rate.
Matthews climbed out of his hole in a big way, and is back to being one of the key players for the Dallas Mavericks and earning every penny of his once very questionable contract. With Matthews great ability to post up smaller guards, defend bigger forwards, and hit the three on just about anyone, he has become a very valuable asset for Dallas.
For now, Wesley Matthews sits at an A- but definitely has room to grow into the every night player that the Mavs dreamed of when first signing him. He certainly appears to be on his way back to that form.
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