Delon Wright’s NBA career may be young, but is off to a great start so far. The former Utah point guard has been playing for the Toronto Raptors summer League team in Las Vegas the past week.
"He did a really nice job running the team, in getting guys involved and throwing ahead. Just overall a really solid game." Raptors summer league coach Jesse Mermuys said.
Wright started well out of the gate, just missing a double-double in his first game as a pro, where he scored 9 points, dished out 9 assists without turning the ball over. He was active on the defensive end as well, playing his signature suffocating defense while coming away with 2 steals.
His second game as a pro was impressive as well, as he scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds to go with 2 assists and a steal. His size, standing 6-5 with a 6-7 wingspan, has been a noticeable advantage over some of the smaller guards, he has been going up against and his maturity, at age 23, has been evident in his ability to step in and lead his new team.
The glaring weakness in Wright’s summer league games is nothing new, it's his shooting. Wright is shooting only 37.5% from the field on 6 of 16 shooting and is 0 for 4 on three point attempts. Wright will have plenty of time to improve his shooting, however, as he will be playing behind Kyle Lowry to begin his career and will not be relied on to provide a heavy scoring presence.
It appears the decision for Wright to return to Utah for his senior season has proved to be a good one. Wright has already credited Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak with preparing him for life in the NBA.
Wright has one other factor helping him get accustomed to life in the NBA. That is his old Utah teammate Dallin Bachynski. Also picked up by the Raptors, Bachynski has only seen the floor for 1:34 so far during the summer league, picking up a foul and committing one turnover, however, he has been a very vocal supporter on the bench for his old teammate Wright and his older brother Jordan Bachynski, also on the Raptors.
It remains to be seen how Wright will fit into the Raptors NBA roster and what kind of impact he will have for the team. The early returns are positive, however, for a team that was in desperate need of defense. Wright’s early success as an NBA player bodes well for the Utah basketball program. Prospective recruits considering coming to Utah, can look to Wright as an example of what they can become playing under Larry Krystkowiak.