The Toronto Raptors sent rookie point guard Delon Wright across town to play for the Raptors 905 in Mississauga and the rookie point guard had a dominating offensive performance in his NBA D-League debut. Wright shot 9-9 from the field and 5-5 from the line in 37.5 minutes to lead his team with 24 points as the 905 won their second game of the season, a 93-91 victory over the Idaho Stampede. Wright firing the pass to a wide-open Scott Suggs for the game-winning three-pointer with 6.4 seconds left.
“It was good to finally get some playing time and I was happy that we won,” Wright said.
Wright hasn’t seen much playing time in Toronto as the third string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph and unless someone gets hurt, this isn’t a situation that’s about to change.
“It’s tough,” Wright said. “It’s part of being a pro. It’s tough not playing. Just have to come in every day and continue to work hard, control what you can control and get better.”
Raptors forward Bruno Caboclo is also playing with the 905 and he had a better shooting night than in most of his previous D-League starts going 5-9 from the field for 12 points to go with 5 boards in 19 minutes of action. The local 7’5 giant Sim Bhullar was on the court for 13.2 minutes and contributed 7 points and 3 rebounds as he works himself into game shape.
The 905 victory was overshadowed by the Raptors big win over the Cleveland Cavaliers that was happening at the same time at the Air Canada Center. However, these D-League games are important contests for the Raptors players assigned to Mississauga. They need to play and advance their skills and conditioning in case they are needed later in the season.
The next game for the 905 is against the Delaware 87ers at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 2 p.m on Sunday.
RECAP: RAPTORS 905 – 93, IDAHO STAMPEDE – 91
Delon Wright records game-high 24 points in NBA D-League debut
Raptors 905 guard Scott Suggs hit a three-point shot with 6.4 seconds to play to break an 89-89 tie and put Raptors 905 ahead for good in a 93-91 win over the Idaho Stampede Wednesday night at Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The victory was Raptors 905’s first at home in franchise history.
Raptors 905 jumped out to a 57-37 lead at the half, buoyed by a 30-12 second quarter. In the first two quarters, Raptors 905 shot 66.7 percent (22-for-33) from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range (5-for-11). Delon Wright, in his first NBA Development League game, shot six-for-six from the field, one-for-one from three-point range and three-for-three from the foul line for 16 points at halftime.
Idaho went on a 12-0 run to start second half and carried the eight-point deficit into the fourth quarter. Raptors 905 regained a 14-point lead in the final period, before the Stampede came roaring back to tie the game with 1:16 to play.
Wright’s shooting stayed perfect in the second half as he finished nine-for-nine from the field and five-for-five on free throws to finish with a shared game-high of 24 points. Also reaching double digits in points for Raptors 905 were Scott Suggs (20), Bruno Caboclo (12) and Ronald Roberts (11). Roberts added a game-high 13 rebounds to complete the double-double in his season debut. He missed the previous five games with a sprained ankle.
Sharing the game high in points with Wright was Idaho’s Jack Cooley, who also finished with a team-high 12 rebounds for his club’s only double-double. Other top offensive producers for the Stampede included Brandon Fields (20 points, nine assists), J.J. O’Brien (14 points) and EJ Singler (12 points).
Raptors 905 led Idaho in field goal percentage (50.8-42.2), free throw percentage (74.2-57.1) and fast-break points (8-4), while the Stampede led in three-point percentage (34.6-31.6), points in the paint (44-38) and second-chance points (13-4).
Raptors 905 is back in action Sunday, Nov. 29 when the club plays host to the Delaware 87ers at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 2 p.m.