DCZards wrote:nate33 wrote:Posting after the Brooklyn win.
Mathews played 26 minutes on a night when everyone (except Neto and Bryant) was healthy and Mathews wasn't even shooting that well (just 2/6). Brooks left him out there because he was just rock solid all around. He had 3 steals and played sound D whenever he was switched onto Durant or Kyrie. (They still scored, but Mathews forced them into tough shots.) He also had the game-winning steal and assist to Westbrook for the 3.
It felt like a significant moment to me. I think today is the day when Mathews supplanted Robinson as the full time backup SG. He's a good player.
Mathews has a really high bball IQ. The type of steals that he comes up with and his ability to draw offensive fouls help make that obvious.
He needs to get more shots...but he also needs to make more of those open 3s and work on becoming a more well-rounded offensive player.
?? He's at 43.2% on 3s for the season. He gets to the line almost 6 times per 40 minutes & shoots 88% on FTs.
Frichuela wrote:As it happens often, this board was spot on regarding Matthew's potential from the get go....
Uuuhhh... you might want to go back & look at post-draft commentary in 2019 to see who did & didn't think he was a good pick-up.
Frichuela wrote:Let's hope Brooks -aka the stubborn mule- finally realizes he deserves significant minutes. He is a deadly 3-point thereat that mixes so well with Westbrook and Bertans on the second unit. And on top of that he is one of our best defenders!
Per 36, he is averaging 16 points, 4 reb, 1.5 assists, 0.4 TOV and 2.6 steals!! Shooting splits: 50/41/89. On top of that he's got great advanced metrics: ORTg of 137 and DRTg of 114. And positive OBPM and RBPM.
Really you could make a case that on a per-minute basis Garrison Mathews has been the Wizards' best player overall this year. I'm not making that claim, because -- obviously -- you can't compare the load he carries with the load Brad carries.
But, suppose you asked "aside from Brad, which Wizard is playing the best this year?" It's Mathews -- & by a lot.