Wright is a lanky, tough-minded, unselfish, quick point guard prospect that presents nice height at 6’5. Wright is a very solid prospect in this draft that can be had late first-round due to not having an impactful offensive game despite not being a big-time liability either.
Athletically, Wright is elite with his speed and above average with his quickness. Vertically, Wright is above average. However, Wright has quick twitch or very fast hands and elite anticipation. His quick twitch and knowledge of the game will lead to many steals at any level.
At the point guard position, Wright height-wise is above average. While he is a little on the lean side, he is able to make up for it with wiry strength and toughness. Either way Wright is able to see over defenders offensively and make it difficult for offensive players due to his size advantage.
Wright possesses one of the best basketball IQ’s in this draft and quite honestly maybe in basketball. His skills set, play-setting, and IQ remind me quite frankly of a Rajon Rondo type. I am not saying Wright will be Rondo, but he has all the pieces. He sees the floor well, has great anticipation skills on both sides, and while he gets many assists, he also gets many hockey assists in which he sets up players to set up the next shooter. Wright sees the floor well, and is a true point guard.
Skill-wise, Delon Wright is a facilitator offensively and can set the tone defensively. Wright is elite at getting into the lane off pick-and-roll or by his quick first step. Wright also is elite at ball-handling and can dribble well with either hand in traffic. When going from the mid-range area and in, he can either pull up with a jumper or a floater or, his best attribute, finding teammates for scoring opportunities, whether as a kick out to a shooter or drop off to someone in the paint.
Defensively, Wright is an elite player with his anticipation skills and also baiting players into making bad or rushed decisions. In this regard, he is similar to a Jimmy Butler type or more likely at the point guard position, the aforementioned Rondo. Wright has very quick feet and does a good job shading his opponent to spots they don’t want to be.
Wright does have warts to his game though. Defensively, he can get caught with his “hands in the cookie jar” too much and it leads to fouls or players backdoor cutting him. Also, while Wright is tough, he can be screened easily and sometimes he can’t recover as quickly as needed. Offensively, Wright is elite at getting into the lane but at times can pull-up short with his floater or is not always aggressive enough as he can be overly unselfish.
Also, while his game resembles Rondo, unfortunately his 3-point jumper is also Rondo-ish. While he shot a solid 36% from three, he only attempted two attempts a game and it does not look pure. The bright side is that he is a low 80’s % type shooter from the free throw line so there might be some opportunity to improve his long ball. Also, while he is good at getting into the lane and mostly finishing, are some of his finishes going to work at the NBA level? Rondo has a fake backout pass to where he gets opponents juked when trying to set up his layups. Can Wright add more to his arsenal?
Overall, I believe Wright will be a contributor at the NBA level because of his size at 6’5 while being a point guard, elite IQ, quick, and unselfish teammate. The biggest concern for me with Wright is; will he ever be more than just solid? His brother, Dorrell Wright, came in as a high level athlete, but eventually became a 3-point shooter. Can Delon become just solid enough to be respectable? His shot can be the difference between being a very good point guard or someone that is just solid.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
To me, if Wright is available at the Bulls pick, I am very intrigued. He has NBA genes in that his older brother is a career journeyman, and he has great basketball IQ, and provides some youth at a position that we need some stability in case Rose gets injured. The Bulls seem to like high IQ basketball players with skill and Wright provides an abundance of that. My only real concerns with Wright is unfortunately he is not a great three point shooter and is that a staple for the Bulls team?
Coach Hoiberg seems intent on wanting playmakers and versatile two way players on his team. If we add Wright, we are adding a backup point guard that is not known for his shot to a point guard that is not a very good shooter. Everything else Wright possesses fits Hoiberg’s offense to a T and is a very good defender. Wright can set up players, can move the ball, can defend, and most importantly would add some unselfish grit to this team. I am all about taking the chance that he can add a 3-point shot with a shot doctor given his improvement, his mid-range and free throw shooting, and his genes with his brother improving to having a 3-point shot. Combine this with his height allows for versatility to pair with Rose at times or just add general length and athleticism to a team that needs some. He is one of my favorite prospects possibly available and I am all about taking him even though he is an older player in this draft at age 23.