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 56)
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
Playing career 1980–1998
Position Guard
Number 1, 14
Career history
19801981 Washington Bullets
19811983 Atlanta Hawks
1983–1984 Ohio Mixers (CBA)
1983 Atlanta Hawks
1984 Philadelphia 76ers
1984–1985 Chicago Bulls
1985–1986 San Antonio Spurs
19861988 Los Angeles Lakers
1988–1989 Tulsa Fast Breakers (CBA)
1989 Ranger Varese (Italy)
1990 Atlanta Hawks
1991 Atlanta Eagles (USBL)
1991 Ginebra San Miguel (Philippines)
1992–1993 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1993–1994 Rochester Renegade (CBA)
1994–1995 Fort Wayne Fury (CBA)
1995 Florida Sharks (USBL)
1995 Atlanta Trojans (USBL)
1995 Memphis Fire (USBL)
1996 Atlanta Trojans (USBL)
1996 COC-Ribeirão Preto (Brazil)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,654 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds 626 (1.3 rpg)
Assists 1,955 (4.2 ppg)
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]

Mathews graduated from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1977. A 6'1" (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, 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.

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,[1] and has appeared professionally for the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, since being undrafted in 2009. He's currently a player for the Dallas Mavericks.[2]


  1. ^ Wesley Matthews Marquette profile
  2. ^ "Dallas Mavericks Sign Guard Wesley Matthews". Mavs.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 

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