Delon WrightHt/Wt: 6' 5" / 190 lbs
2015 Draft Profile - Delon WrightStrengths
Delon is the younger brother of Portland Trail Blazers guard Dorell Wright, so he comes from a good basketball bloodline. With his 6'5" frame, Wright has the size and versatility to play either guard spot. He has an incredible feel for the game, thanks in large part to a high basketball IQ. He has a tendency to be at the right place at the right time because of his awareness and nose for the ball. When you watch him, there are times he may not seem like a great athlete, then he surprises you with an explosive play attacking the basket. He has good speed, quickness and leaping ability, which allows him to be effective when attacking the paint or out in transition.
Offensively, Wright does a little bit of everything for Utah, with the exception of three point shooting. He operates well in pick and roll situations, either attacking right away or being patient to read the defense and make the right play. He scores at a quality rate and does so efficiently from the floor. He also has a great assist-to-turnover ratio, as his turnover numbers have lowered a bit from his Junior year. When he gets in the paint, Wright finishes over big men with athletic ability or with craftiness, such as a great floater.
Not only does he possess the size to defend both guard positions, but he has outstanding lateral quickness to stay in front and contain dribble penetration as well. The combination of size, length and lateral quickness makes life very difficult for opposing point guards. He also does a fantastic job of jumping in passing lanes and either deflecting passes or getting steals. He has a significant impact on both ends of the floor.
Although his accuracy from beyond the arc has improved by 8.3 percent from his Junior to Senior season, Wright still connects at a mere 30.9 percent clip. The mechanics on his jumper need improvement, as his form and balance are very inconsistent. He'll need to prove to be a steady perimeter shooter to make defenders respect that aspect of his game at the next level, thus freeing up opportunities to drive to the basket.
Despite his superb height at his position, Wright is very leanly built. His 180-pound frame could make it difficult to finish through contact in the NBA or absorb hits in other areas. He'll need to get stronger if he wants to succeed at the next level and stack up against one and two guards.
Wright doesn't project a ton of upside because of his current skill set combined with his age. He'll be 23 years old when the NBA Draft rolls around, so there may be pressure on him to produce right away since he'll hypothetically have three or four less years to develop than a one-and-done prospect.
NBA Player Comparison
Wright's game has similarities to a few of the bigger NBA point guards in today's league. One that stands out -- although there are still some differences -- is Shaun Livingston. The 29-year-old was once a very young and promising prospect before a devastating knee injury early on in his career. Livingston, though, still has a tremendous feel for the game and rarely makes poor decisions with the basketball. He's a bit taller and longer than Wright, but is just as wiry and understands his limitations as a perimeter shooter. Wright has an edge in athletic ability, but both have similar styles.
An unfortunate injury derailed the upside that Livingston had coming into the league and forced him to take a lesser role in his playing career. Wright certainly has the possibility of making a bigger impact than what Livingston currently does, although his upside is questionable at this point in time. Regardless, he should be a solid rotation player at the very least in the NBA.
PPG: 14.5 APG: 5.3 RPG: 4.7 SPG: 2.2 BPG: 0.8 FG%: 51.7 FT%: 82.6 3PT%: 30.9
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