Toronto Raptors sent rookie point guard Delon Wright to the NBA D-League for some badly needed playing time and while he may (or may not) like it, he has been getting what he needs in the 905.
In his two D-League games, Wright has averaged 37 minutes, 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1 block. He’s been an unstoppable scorer, shooting 73.9 percent from the field and 75 percent from three. These are all very encouraging signs as Wright still hasn’t connected on a field goal attempt in his four NBA appearances.
“It’s been fine, just to get some run, gain experience,” Wright told Pro Bball Report after his last game with the 905. “Just using it as a learning situation.”
905 head coach Jesse Mermuys made it crystal clear that when the Raptors sent players to Mississauga they were going to get a lot of attention and playing time. His first priority is giving the players sent down to him whatever it is Raptors head coach Dwane Casey wants.
“(Coach Mermuys) is putting me in a lot of pick-and-roll and stuff and starting the offense,” Wright explained. “From there he let’s me make my decisions, play-making. We are doing the same types of things we are doing with (the Raptors), so hopefully it translates.”
While there isn’t going to be a lot of opportunities for Wright to play in Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph ahead of him on the depth chart, it only takes a minor injury or illness for Casey to need his third string point guard. The 905 makes it possible for Wright to practice his team’s plays in game situations without Casey having to put him on the court in a game that counts. Having a team-owned D-League affiliate could really pay off later this season for both Wright and Casey.
Toronto Raptors rookie point guard Delon Wright just missed the triple-double in his second game with the 905 as he scored 20 points on 8-14 shooting from the field and 2-3 from three-point range to go with 8 dimes, 8 boards, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 37 minutes of action.