Dallas Mavericks: Overreacting to stats after 5 games

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Dallas Mavericks Wesley Matthews (Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wesley Matthews going full Kobe Bryant

There is no question Luka Doncic is meant for the NBA. His flashy play and charming nature scream “NBA basketball player,” impressively so, after only five games in the season, Luka looks to be a natural on the grandest stage of them all.

However, Wesley Matthews is the professional who’s to be respected, specifically by the younger core players, Luka and Dennis Smith Jr.

This is a contract year for the undrafted guard out of Marquette. In a rapid-paced league, his 10.2 three-point attempts a game perfectly fit the theme of the young NBA season. Besides Luka and Smith Jr, (Harrison Barnes missing the first four games) not many players are equipped with the green light.

Matthews is not under any form of restrictions. It’s like watching Kobe Bryant’s last game, without the glamour and the hilarious reactions from the national media to the numerous horrible shots from a legend, but in the same breathe, a notoriously inefficient player.

Dallas, in a year filled with self-made pressure, is trusting Matthews to shoot the Mavs into the win column, consequently, earning the Mavs its first playoff berth since the 2015-2016 season. Either that or the front office is pumping up his value for trade season. There doesn’t seem to be any team chemistry lapses from Wesley’s extended clip shot selections.

However, with Harrison Barnes back in the lineup, it’s imperative Matthews switches from a loud green to a dim yellow light.

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