Delon Wright
Delon Wright
26-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Wright was in consideration for the backup point guard role to start the 2017-18 campaign following the departure of Cory Joseph. However, it was Fred VanVleet that stepped up and secured that role. That left Wright to fight for the bulk of his playing time at the shooting guard position, where he did ultimately find some success. In a career-high 20.8 minutes, Wright finished the season with averages of 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steal. He also upped his efficiency across the board, shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point land and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe. Wright's most notable outing of the year came Jan. 3 against the Bulls, when he posted a whopping 25-point, 13-rebound double-double. That shows his overall upside, but it's unclear if the minutes will be there once again during the upcoming campaign. The Raptors dealt DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs, but brought back superstar Kawhi Leonard and seasoned veteran Danny Green. Both players have the ability to play shooting guard, which blocks Wright's path to a bigger workload. At this point, Wright seems likely to fit into a similar role, providing steady defense off the bench and solid, but not spectacular, contributions across the box score. That will limit his Fantasy utility to only the deepest of leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.08 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2015. Raptors exercised $1.65 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Raptors exercised $2.54 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Traded to the Grizzlies in February of 2019.
Caps season with triple-double
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 10, 2019
Wright scored 13 points (3-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 132-117 win over the Warriors.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old gave a very intriguing glimpse of his fantasy upside next season should Mike Conley get traded, although Golden State was hardly putting its best lineup on the court on the eve of the playoffs. At worst, Wright should have a significant role as a combo guard for Memphis in 2019-20.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Wright has played in a total of 54 games during his two-year career, with 27 of those coming during the 2016-17 campaign. Despite taking part in less than half of the team's contests, Wright still nearly doubled his playing time, going from 8.5 minutes per game during his rookie season to 16.5 this past year. He translated that to 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal, while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from deep. Wright is considered an excellent defender, but his shot needs some work, which could limit his productivity in his third season. However, the Raptors did trade away Cory Joseph to the Pacers during the offseason, which opens up the backup point guard job. Wright is currently the favorite to take that spot behind Kyle Lowry, although Fred VanVleet could try and push him for it during training camp. Either way, Joseph's departure should mean a significant boost in minutes for Wright, but it likely won't be enough to cement him as a reliable Fantasy target in most leagues.
Snagged with the 20th overall pick in this year's draft, Wright enters the NBA with a profile as an excellent defender and adept distributor who could use a lot of work on his offensive game. In 35 NCAA games last year as the starting point guard for Utah, Wright averaged 33 minutes, 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 block, and 0.7 three-pointers while shooting 51 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range, and 84 percent from the free-throw line. At a skinny six-foot-five, he offers length at the position that starter Kyle Lowry can't, but the signing of Cory Joseph likely leaves Wright third on the depth chart, restricting the minutes he'll get as a rookie but also allowing him an opportunity to acclimate to the pros in a low-pressure role. Assuming he uses his time wisely to get stronger, improve upon his slow and awkward release, and develop into at least an adequate shooter, Wright should emerge with a significant spot in the backcourt rotation as soon as next season.
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Nears double-double in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 9, 2019
Wright amassed 15 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes Tuesday against Detroit.
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Second straight triple-double
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 7, 2019
Wright recorded 20 points (8-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 rebounds, 12 assists, and one block in 42 minutes during Sunday's 129-127 overtime loss to the Mavericks.
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First career triple-double
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 5, 2019
Wright totaled 26 points (10-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 14 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes in the Grizzlies' win over the Mavericks on Friday.
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Logs 11 in second start
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 4, 2019
Wright contributed 11 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 29 minutes in Wednesday's 116-89 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Leads team in scoring
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 1, 2019
Wright totaled 20 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-10 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 35 minutes in the Grizzlies' 113-96 loss to the Clippers on Sunday.
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