With the 20th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors selected the 6’5 senior point guard Delon Wright out of the University of Utah. In comparison to last year, the reaction to the pick has been rather fair and understanding. With Greivis Vasquez on the move, the Raptors create the space to allow Wright to step in and contribute right away off the bench.
Delon Wright‘s senior averages: 15.5 ppg 5.3 ast 6.8 reb 2.5 stl 1.3 blk
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Strengths: Defensive instincts, overall feel for the game, size advantage in the backcourt, ability to see over defenders with ease, body control, NBA pedigree (brother of NBA player Dorrell Wright)
In Delon Wright the Raptors are getting a player who’ll be ready to contribute right away. At the age of 23, Wright is one of the older prospects, so the Raptors know what kind of player they are getting. A rangy defender, with great timing and instincts on both ends of the floor. A major note to be made about Wright is that he’s one of the best finishers around the rim percentage-wise in the entire draft. Over his last season in Utah, Wright was able to convert on 55% of his 2-point field goal attempts.
Wright definitely has the ability to score near the rim and alter his shot after contact, but for the most part he’s a pass-first point guard with sound defensive instincts.
Weaknesses: Athleticism, shooting range, strength, age
Wright unfortunately lacks the ability to hit the long-ball shooting only 22% his senior year. He’s improved his shooting over his collegiate career however his shot is terribly inconsistent. However there’s hope for his jumper as he shoots 79% from the free throw line. Working with NBA coaches to adjust his footwork could help his release and improve his shooting percentages from long-range. Wright is also a player who lacks explosiveness, however he has his moments and is sneaky athletic. He’s able to use his length to get to areas that he wants without blowing by his opponent.