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HOW ACQUIRED/DRAFT BACKGROUND: Signed with Portland as a free agent on July 21, 2010.

2012-13: Averaged a career-high 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, a career-best 2.5 assists, 1.30 steals and 34.8 minutes in 69 games (all starts) … Made a career-high 169 3-pointers, tied for 11th in the NBA, and made an average of 2.4 3-point field goals per game, tied for fifth in the league … His 169 3-pointers were fourth most by a Trail Blazer in a season, all-time … Led the team in steals per game (1.30) and all qualified teammates in 3-point percentage (39.8%) … Finished with a steals-to-turnover ratio of 0.83, 17th in the NBA … Did not play due to injury Dec. 10 vs. Toronto, marking the first game missed in his NBA career … Tied for the league lead with 15 3-pointers made during the final five minutes of games that were within five points … Led the NBA with six 3-point field goals (of eight attempts) in games that were within three points with one minute or less left … Led the team in scoring 11 times and in assists on three occasions … Tallied a career-high 10 assists Dec. 1 at Cleveland … Scored a season-high 30 points against Minnesota on Nov. 23, making a career-high 12 field goals and hitting 5-of-6 3-pointers … Tied a career best with 10 free throws vs. Atlanta on Nov. 17, finishing 10-for-10 from the charity stripe … Notched a season-high seven 3-pointers at Milwaukee on March 19, ending up with 28 points on 10-for-20 shooting overall.

NBA CAREER: In four years with Portland and Utah, posted averages of 13.4 points (39.5% 3-PT), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.18 steals and 31.5 minutes in 299 games (239 starts) … Ranks fifth in Trail Blazers history in made 3-pointers (452) and eighth in free throw percentage (83.5%, min. 500 free throws made) … 2011-12: Posted averages of 13.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.45 steals and 33.8 minutes in 66 games (53 starts) … Finished 12th in the NBA in minutes played (2,228) ... One of 36 NBA players to play in all 66 regular season games in 2011-12 ... Only Trail Blazer to play in every game in 2011-12 ... Became the first Trail Blazer to play in every game for two consecutive seasons since Greg Anthony from 1998-2000 … Made 8-of-10 3-point field goal attempts in the Trail Blazers’ 104-103 loss at Sacramento on April 15, becoming the first Portland player ever to shoot 80 percent from beyond the arc while making at least eight such shots … Finished tied for fifth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (129) after ranking tied for seventh in the category last season (154); Matthews is the only NBA player ranked in the top seven in both seasons ... On April 2 vs. Utah, became the first NBA player to record 33 points (season high) on 12 field goal attempts or fewer since Yao Ming on Dec. 5, 2008 ... Converted 11 consecutive 3-point attempts from March 16-20, the first NBA player to do so since Mike Miller in 2010 ... Finished third in the NBA in steals per turnover ratio at 1.26 (91 steals, 72 turnovers) … Ranked 17th in the NBA in steals per game with an average of 1.45 (96 steals overall) … Finished the season ranked 20th overall in free throw percentage at 86.0 percent (147-of-171) ... Recorded a season-high nine rebounds March 20 vs. Milwaukee ... Reached double-figure scoring in 11 consecutive games from March 16 through April 2 … Recorded a career-high five steals Jan. 18 at Atlanta … 2010-11: Notched averages of 15.9 points (second on team), 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.24 steals (third on team) and 33.6 minutes in 82 games (69 starts) … Was the only Trail Blazer to appear in every game … Led all NBA sophomores in 3-pointers made (154) and shot 40.7 percent from downtown … Led team or shared lead in scoring on 22 occasions … Netted 20-plus points 26 times, including four games with 30 points or more … Became the first Trail Blazer to sink at least three 3-pointers in five straight games (March 11-19) since Damon Stoudamire (seven games, Feb. 1-13, 2005) ... Netted a career-high 36 points (10-18 FG, 9-9 FT) on seven 3-pointers (of 10) Jan. 7 in Minnesota ... His seven 3-pointers in the first half on Jan. 7 at Minnesota set a new franchise record for 3-pointers in a half (6, Cliff Robinson, 3/28/97 vs. Vancouver) ... Registered first double-double of his career with 20 points and a career-high 10 rebounds Nov. 18 vs. Denver ... Tallied 30 points Nov. 16 at Memphis in first start of the season …Totaled 15 points, four rebounds and six assists for the Sophomores at the 2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam … 2009-10: Appeared in all 82 games (48 starts) for the Utah Jazz, posting averages of 9.4 points (48.3% FG, 38.2% 3-PT, 82.9% FT), 2.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.78 steals in 24.7 minutes … As a rookie, was one of two Jazz players to appear in every game … Started each of the team’s last 29 regular season contests, helping Utah to a 19-10 record over that stretch … Among NBA rookies, ranked ninth in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage, seventh in 3-point percentage, third in free throw percentage, 10th in steals and 10th in minutes.

PLAYOFFS: Appeared in 16 postseason games (all starts) with Portland and Utah, averaging 13.1 points (36.5% 3-PT, 82.1% FT), 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.38 steals in 35.8 minutes … 2011: Notched averages of 13.0 points (38.1% 3-PT, 84.2% FT), 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in six starts with the Trail Blazers … Scored a playoff career-high 25 points while tying a team record for treys in a quarter (four in the first quarter) April 21 vs. Dallas … 2010: Started all 10 postseason games for the Jazz, averaging 13.2 points (38.6% FG, 81.3% FT), 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.80 steals in 37.1 minutes per contest … Recorded 23 points (13-15 FT) in Utah’s First Round series-clinching Game 6 win April 30 at Denver.

COLLEGE: In four years at Marquette from 2005-09, averaged 13.2 points (44.4% FG, 34.1% 3-PT, 79.9% FT), 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.22 steals and 30.2 minutes in 127 games (117 starts) … Marquette’s all-time leader in free throws made (549) … Ranks eighth in scoring (1,673) and third in games played (127) in school history … Started every Marquette game in each of his final three seasons … 2008-09: Selected to the All-Big East Second Team ... Started all 35 games and averaged career bests with 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.23 steals and 34.0 minutes ... Tallied career highs with 30 points and 15 free throws made Dec. 16 at Tennessee … 2007-08: Started all 35 games, averaging 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.97 steals and 28.8 minutes ... Recorded double-digit scoring efforts 25 times ... 2006-07: Started all 34 games, averaging 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.44 steals and 31.2 minutes ... Posted double-figure scoring outputs in 25 contests ... 2005-06: Started 13 of 23 games in which he appeared, averaging 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.26 steals and 24.9 minutes.
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Height: 6'5''/ 1.96m
Weight: 220 lbs./ 99.8 kg
Born: October 14, 1986
From: Marquette
Draft: Undrafted
NBA Debut: 2009
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  Portland Trail Blazers 2011 - 2013
  Utah Jazz 2010 - 2010
  Portland Trail Blazers 2010 - 2010
  Utah Jazz 2009 - 2009
Prior to NBA/Country: Marquette/USA

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