Which Raptor would survive a zombie apocalypse? Who has the most impressive autograph collection? Did Luis Scola get emotional at the end of Fast & Furious 7? (Hint: hell yes). Why is Terrence Ross singing Alice Cooper? Every day until the season starts, a new player steps in front of the lens and answers the tough questions so you can get to know your Toronto Raptors. Up next, Delon Wright steps up to the plate.
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NBA rookies don’t usually trade in experience. But then again, Delon Wright isn’t your average NBA rookie.
Wright was drafted 20th overall by the Raptors in the 2015 draft and can be expected to pick up a few minutes here and there behind Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph at point guard. The experience he gained through his four years at the City College of San Francisco and the University of Utah will hopefully limit the growing pains rookies usually endure. What’s more, he’s got someone looking out for him: his older brother Dorell, who spent 11 seasons in the NBA. Dorell penned a heartfelt letter of advice to Delon after being drafted, warning him of the possible pitfalls of an NBA career.
But how will all this experience add up on the court? He’s a bit of a scrapper but should figure out quickly how to control himself in the pro game. Defense is one of his biggest strong points which should hopefully put him in Dwayne Casey’s good books, seeing as the Coach has been known to roll two point guards in his offense.
Wright is one of the many Raptors whose 15-16 year will depend on Kyle Lowry’s performance. If Lowry can have a monster rebound year, Wright’s minutes will be limited. But if the expectation is that he can provide some much needed D off the bench, then Wright could become a favourable part of the Raptors lineup quicker than expected.