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    Default ESPN: Demar Derozan vs. Wesley Matthews

    Derozan was ranked #101 on the ESPN #NBArank, while Matthews was ranked #100.
    Appropriate question to ask then, who is better right now.

    Interesting responses. Can't disagree with any of them.

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    1. Who should be ranked higher: DeMar DeRozan or Wesley Matthews?

    Devin Kharpertian, Nets Are Scorching: Matthews, but it's as close as the ranking. DeRozan has more long-term upside, but Matthews gets the edge today because of his defense and long-range shooting. Matthews shot over 40 percent from deep last season while DeRozan couldn't hit even 10 percent of his 3-pointers. As a shooting guard, that's unacceptable.

    John Hollinger, ESPN.com: Matthews. DeRozan is better at scoring but it's closer than you think (0.9 points per 40 minutes), and Matthews scores more efficiently because of his 3-point weapon. More importantly, Matthews passes the ball occasionally and actually tries on defense. While DeRozan's ceiling is much, much higher, Matthews is the better player at the moment.

    Rahat Huq, Red94: It's a pretty even match. If I needed a supporting piece to fit on a contender, I'd take Matthews. But if I needed some hope and upside for a bad team like, well, the Raptors, I'd take DeRozan.

    Brendan Jackson, Celtics Hub: Matthews. The Portland shooting guard has better numbers across the board while playing nearly as many minutes as DeRozan. When called on, Matthews can also be a defensive specialist with 3-point range -- two things DeRozan hasn't been able to prove he can do.

    Beckley Mason, HoopSpeak: Wesley Matthews should be ranked higher, and not just higher than DeRozan. Matthews is the superior defender, the more versatile offensive player and a far better 3-point shooter. DeRozan is young and an intriguing prospect, but at this stage he doesn't make the smart, tough plays Matthews does ... when Wes isn't dribbling into ill-advised pull-ups, that is.
    Almost Unanimous. That Derozan WILL BE the better player down the road.
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    Maybe the better question is:

    What would Matthews have done in his second year in the NBA if he was 21 versus being 21 in his second year at Marquette?

    This is another stupid debate in my opinion by ESPN.

    Matthews is 25 in 2 weeks and played 4 years at Marquette.

    DeRozen just turned 22 and played one year in college.

    They have both in the league for 2 years - that is where the similarities start and end.

    Lets see what DeRozen is doing in 3 years.

    I think it is a no brainer Matthews should be ranked higher than DeMar right now but, as the ratings show, not by much.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Maybe the better question is:

    What would Matthews have done in his second year in the NBA if he was 21 versus being 21 in his second year at Marquette?

    This is another stupid debate in my opinion by ESPN.

    Matthews is 25 in 2 weeks and played 4 years at Marquette.

    DeRozen just turned 22 and played one year in college.

    They have both in the league for 2 years - that is where the similarities start and end.

    Lets see what DeRozen is doing in 3 years.

    I think it is a no brainer Matthews should be ranked higher than DeMar right now but, as the ratings show, not by much.
    Is he that old?? Crazy, I didn't know that.

    Well "old" ... haha

    Interesting .. ya I found it odd that they were comparing the two, but I could only surmise it was because Matthews was the reason Demar wasn't Top-100. haha

    And ya, when Demar is 25, I expect we'll be looking at a completely different player by then ... that's quite a ways off.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Derozan was ranked #101 on the ESPN #NBArank, while Matthews was ranked #100.
    Appropriate question to ask then, who is better right now.

    Interesting responses. Can't disagree with any of them.

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    Almost Unanimous. That Derozan WILL BE the better player down the road.
    DeROzan CAN BE a better player down the road. Whether he will be we simply don't know. And I agree I'd put Matthews much higher. I think he's very underrated.
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    In three years demar will be like kobe and we'll be in the playoffs...

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    Agreed with everything said by the ESPN "experts". At this point in time Matthews is better than DeRozan but by his 5th year DeRozan should be waay ahead of Matthews. This is mainly due to DeRozan's upside and work ethic.

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    DeROzan CAN BE a better player down the road. Whether he will be we simply don't know. And I agree I'd put Matthews much higher. I think he's very underrated.
    I agree with everything. Demar has the potential to be better but will be get there no one knows. The one thing I hope is that Demar can develop is some of the intangibles that Matthews brings. Matthews is a well rounded player while Demar seems to just be able to score at this point.

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    he needs to add the 3 point shot

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