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Dallas Mavericks: What has changed with Wesley Matthews this season

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 7: Wesley Matthews
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 7: Wesley Matthews
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Dallas Mavericks Wesley Matthews (Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wesley Matthews has been carrying the Dallas Mavericks offense so far this season. Unfortunately, that’s been frustrating for Mavs fans.

Everyone knew that this season would bring a lot of change for the Dallas Mavericks. They were integrating two new starters into the lineup along with several new faces on the bench. Dirk Nowitzki would be coming off the bench. Injuries abounded in training camp, making the transition process even harder. Things were going to be different. But no one expected the change in Wesley Matthews.

To say that Matthews is taking a lot of shots this year would be an understatement. He’s averaging a career-high 15.3 field goal attempts per game. His previous season high was 12.5, back in 2014-15, his last season in Portland.

That season was also his career high in 3-point attempts at 7.5. Until this year. Through seven games, Matthews is taking 8.4 3-pointers per game.

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His free throw attempts are up to 3.9 per game, up from 1.6 per game last season. That average is close to his previous career high, 3.8 per game, during his first year in Portland.

And it is not just his shooting that is up. Per Basketball-Reference, Matthews usage rate is the highest of his career, at 22 percent. The offense is basically running through Matthews, and it is frustrating a lot of Mavs fans. They feel like he is under-performing and taking too many shots despite averaging 18.3 points per game and 2.9 3-pointers made. Are fans right?