The Toronto Raptors have assigned rookie guard Delon Wright to their NBA D-League affiliate Mississauga Raptors 905.
Wright had only played a total of 10 minutes in 4 games with the Raptors so far this season with little to show for it. He was 0-4 shooting from the field with 0 points, assists, steals, blocks and free throw attempts, plus 1 turnover and 1 personal foul. Wright did manage to collect 4 rebounds.
Head coach Dwane Casey has shown significantly more interest in playing his other rookie guard Norman Powell who has played 55 minutes in 8 games and has contributed 10 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Powell still looks like a rookie, but he has been making an impression with boundless youthful exuberance.
The Raptors took Wright 20th overall in the draft because he looked more NBA ready than the alternatives and they needed a third string point guard. That assessment could still prove to be correct, but Wright needs to play and the Raptors 905 will give him that opportunity.
“You have to be comfortable really fast,” Wright told Pro Bball Report. “Just because it’s a long season. Injuries happen, different things happen so you can’t just think you got the whole year to be ready. You got to get ready kind of fast so when your time comes you can’t be dragging, you got to help the team out.”
The young point guard is going to get a lot of minutes with the 905 according to head coach Jesse Mermuys. One of Mermuys’ top priorities is to get the Raptors players assigned to him ready to play for Coach Casey as quickly as possible.
“I have already explained to Shannon (Scott) in front of the team, you can be getting a triple-double down here, (but) if Delon (Wright) comes down, he is going to play,” Mermuys said. “And that’s okay because that is why we all are here and have this opportunity.
“We are really going to do the best we can as a coaching staff to keep development at the forefront of our mind game in and game out.”
Wright is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night when Raptors 905 hosts the Idaho Stampede at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.