Most Underrated Players in the NBA
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 08/29/2013 9:01 AM

     

    This is so true for Portlands Pick!  Wes is the heart and soul of our team.  He brings it every night with passion and energy.  He plays through pain, does not make excuses for poor play.

     

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1722486-the-most-underrated-player-on-every-nba-team-entering-2013-14-season#/articles/1722486-the-most-underrated-player-on-every-nba-team-entering-2013-14-season/page/26

    Portland Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews

    Portland Trail Blazers: Wesley Matthews

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    Wesley Matthews has been extremely consistent throughout his four-year career, and his contributions have gone largely unnoticed.

    A nice all-around offensive player, Matthews is also a very tough perimeter defender, and he possesses the perfect blend of size and athleticism to give opposing wings fits.

    Matthews enjoyed a satisfactory 2012-13 campaign, posting a true shooting percentage of 57.4 percent and an effective field goal percentage of 54 percent. Both marks were better than his career averages. He also recorded 14.8 points per game and hit on 39.8 percent of his three-point tries.

    Matthews now has some extra motivation to better himself as a player, too, as C.J. McCollum is now on board in Portland to provide him with some competition at the 2-guard spot.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 08/29/2013 10:53 AM

    Thanks for posting this thread, it's a well derserved shout out to Wes. I always think of him as the captain of this team and what Wes does well, he does very well! I always think about him shutting down Harden at the last few seconds of a close game and causing Harden to turn the ball over when we played the Thunder in the lockout season and how when Wes wants to, he can shut down anyone. He'll be a huge factor in CJ's development. In his exit interview he did however mention that he needs to stop hiding pain and trying to play through it because in the end it hurts the team having him play hobbled and doesn't help win games doing it. Wes is a very sharp guy.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 08/29/2013 1:22 PM

     

    I remember in the movie Rudy when Ara Parseghian told Rudy "I wish God would put your heart in some of my players bodies".  This is so true with Wes, he is the heart and soul of the team.

     

    His teammates should make him Captain of the Team, as he leads by example on and off the court.

    I wish we had more of him on the team.

     

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/29/2013 7:18 PM

    I agree BlazerManiac... That kid is fearless. What bothers me is that all of them have it, as has been apparent in our many comebacks. The difference is they have to summon it, and Wesley exudes it.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 08/30/2013 12:23 AM

    Babbitt !!!!

    Oh wait, he got cut from the NBA.... my bad
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 08/30/2013 5:29 AM

    Matthews is only underrated OUTSIDE of this market.

    We$ sees more than the rookie as he looks over his shoulder.  Dame will get meaningful minutes at the 2 this season while Mo runs the point, playing off the ball and better able to showcase his scoring abilities.

    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 08/30/2013 9:49 AM

    Posted By commontongue on 08/29/2013 7:18 PM
    I agree BlazerManiac... That kid is fearless. What bothers me is that all of them have it, as has been apparent in our many comebacks. The difference is they have to summon it, and Wesley exudes it.

    I love a guy who up until this summer went to every Summer League and played to get better.  I think it is wearing off on Joel Freeland who passed on playing for the British National Team to work on his game to prepare for this season.  We will see how that develops.

    Hopefully his heart will inspire Lopez to the next level.  We all know what we can count on with Wes, however this is the season that other players must have it or we will be an early exit from round 1.  We may not even get to round 1 if they do not play with Wes's heart or desire. 

    In 1977 we had a bunch of no names except for Walton and Lucas but they came together as a team and played with heart and that is what one that championship.  I do not mean to slant Lionel Hollins, Bobby Gross, Dave Twarzik, Lloyd Neal, Larry Steele, and the other members, however they came together and played as a team, and won with heart and strong team defense.

    Imagine if we get Batum playing to his level, Damian continuing to develop, LMA giving us his normal All-Star production, with Lopez in the middle, all playing with Wes's desire & heart versus summoning it when the game is on the line we will be in the finals.

    I truly believe we have more talent on this team then the 1977 Team, however the X Factor is missing, and that is heart and desire.  They get that and play with that, then we will be the NBA Champions.

    Maybe I am an optimist, but heart, desire, and the willingness to play strong team defense (that comes with heart and desire), will win the NBA Title for Portland.

     

    Go BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 08/30/2013 12:12 PM

    Wow never realized how important wes is to this team. I wonder his future with the Blazers is... IM hoping we can sign him to a smaller contract come 2015 offseason.
    I am a fan of This Quote "One Love. One Heart. One Human race."
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 08/30/2013 12:33 PM

     

    2015 is going to be interesting.  We have LMA who should get the MAX, we have Wes, we have Lopez who will be a FA (not that I am concerned about him).

     

    With LMA command Max (if he is not traded) and with Batum's awful contract I do know know how we keep Wes?

     

    The new CBA sucks.

     

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 08/30/2013 2:02 PM

    Nic's contract isn't that bad, but Were also going to have to extend Damian and potentially Meyers and T-Robinson.

    I am a fan of This Quote "One Love. One Heart. One Human race."
  1. fredisdead
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    Posted 08/30/2013 6:58 PM

    mathews is easily the team captain maybe not the most offensively talented guy but he's a beast on D and brings so much energy in my mind he's a leader

  1. commontongue
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    Posted 08/30/2013 10:30 PM

    Matthews is a man people. Thats what differentiates him from the others. Its not unheard of for a guy to take less money to stay where he calls home. Thats whats made the Spurs so successful these past years.Men of honor,code,focus,loyalty,perspective,and understand the concept of team and have the ability to see the bigger picture. All willing to sacrifice individual accomplishments to collectively chase a goal.... the Championship. Without that kind of squad, i could give a damn who we draft,trade for or inherit in a transaction,we'll never contend for the jewelry.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
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