Wes Matthews

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This article is about Wesley Matthews, Sr. For his son and current basketball player, see Wesley Matthews.
Wes Matthews
Personal information
Born (1959-08-24) August 24, 1959 (age 55)
Sarasota, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Warren Harding
(Bridgeport, Connecticut)
College Wisconsin (1977–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Pro career 1980–1998
Position Guard
Number 14, 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,654
Rebounds 626
Assists 1,955
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wesley Joel Matthews, Sr. (born August 24, 1959) is a retired American basketball player. He is the father of current NBA player Wesley Matthews.

Basketball career[edit]

A 6'1" (1.85 m) point guard from the University of Wisconsin–Madison - after graduating from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1977 - Matthews was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 14th pick of the 1980 NBA Draft. He played nine seasons in the National Basketball Association, with the Bullets, Atlanta Hawks (two stints), Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 3,654 career points and earning two NBA Championship rings (both with the Lakers), while averaging eight points and four assists per game.

Matthews retired from the game in 1996. Besides his NBA stints, he also played in the United States Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association and in Italy, spending the 1989–90 season at Ranger Varese before being called by the Hawks for one regular season match.[1]

He had a stop in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), winning the best import award in 1991 for Ginebra San Miguel.


Matthew's son, Wesley, also a basketball guard, played for Marquette University,[2] and has appeared professionally for the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, since being undrafted in 2009.


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