Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri didn’t take any risks this time as he drafts Utah Senior, 23-year-old, Delon Wright. Averaging 15 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks, Wright was a two-time All PAC-12 Conference First Team and Pac-12 All-Defensive Team choice over his two seasons in Utah.
A top-ranked college point guard, Wright was a finalist for the Cousy Award last year. At 6′ 5.5″, Wright easily sees over defenses and his size should enable him to guard both guard spots in the NBA. Draft Express describes him as:
He uses his height to his advantage tremendously as a passer, where he surveys the floor over the top of the defenses, and can make pinpoint passes to cutters and spot-up shooters, primarily in pick and roll and drive and dish situations.
Wright’s best attribute from a NBA standpoint is likely his defense. He has quick feet, excellent instincts and a scrappy nature, putting outstanding pressure on the ball. His instincts for getting in the passing lanes and overall timing for making plays off the ball is extraordinary.
Wright worked out in Toronto prior to the draft and his scrappy nature on defense was likely the deciding factor in his selection.
“He is one of the top defensive point guards in the draft,” head coach Dwane Casey said. “A kid who is not going to be overly excited by the NBA being a brother of (Trail Blazers) Dorell (Wright). One thing he does is defend in pick-and-roll very well. Great kid, great character, good team guy and a really excellent passer.
“We are excited to get him. He is one of the guys with a tremendous upside. Reminds me a lot of Nate McMillan. (Supersonics guard from 86-98 and two-time NBA All-Defensive second team)”