August 24, 1959 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Warren Harding
|NBA draft||1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Washington Bullets|
|1985–1986||San Antonio Spurs|
|1986–1988||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988–1989||Tulsa Fast Breakers|
|1991||Ginebra San Miguel|
|1992–1993||Rapid City Thrillers|
|1994–1995||Fort Wayne Fury|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,654 (7.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||626 (1.3 rpg)|
|Assists||1,955 (4.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Matthews graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1977. A 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) point guard at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 14th pick of the 1980 NBA draft. He played nine seasons in the league with the Bullets, Atlanta Hawks (two stints), Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. Averaging eight points and four assists per game, he scored 3,654 career points and earned NBA Championship rings with the 1987 and 1988 Lakers).
Matthews retired from professional basketball in 1996. Besides his NBA stints, he also played in the United States Basketball League, in 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.
Matthews' son, Wesley, also a basketball guard, played for Marquette University, and has appeared professionally for the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Dallas Mavericks since being undrafted in 2009.
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com