San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Delon Wright

By George Middleton

Delon Wright: 23-years old, Utah, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″5.5, 181-pounds, 6″7.5 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.1 steals, 51% field goals, 84% free-throws, 36% threes, 33.3 minutes

Quick Season Review: Delon Wright was the best player on a Utah Utes team that had their most successful season since joining the Pac-12. The Utes went 26-9 and lost in the sweet 16 to Duke, the national champs. Wright was silent in the NCAA Tournament, which might’ve dropped his stock slightly. Wright averaged only 11 points in three games in the big dance and he took seven shots in each of the first two games. Wright reached the 20 point mark seven times, despite being better at making plays for his team.

Strengths: Great size for either guard spot, particularly the point guard spot as he is basically 6″6. Sees floor well and doesn’t make many mistakes (1.9 turnovers). Improving outside shooter, went from 22% in 2013-14 to 36% last year. Terrific at drawing fouls (5.2 free-throw attempts). One of few players to average 2 steals and a block, gets after it defensively. Despite being light for size, will be able to defend both guard spots. Deceptive athlete as he threw done a few nice dunks this season in traffic.

Weaknesses: Only posted a 31-inch vertical at draft combine. He is one of the older prospects at 23-years old. Still can use improvement in shot, particular NBA three-point range. Can add weight to frame. Three sub-par performances in tournament are a bit concerning.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Delon Wright looks like an NBA ready prospect, despite not having the ceiling of many first-round prospects. He is a jack-of-all trades guard that has matured the past few seasons. With Tony Parker getting older and a few potential departures from Spurs free-agents, Wright might have a chance as a back-up right away.

NBA Comparison: Rodney Stuckey

Not necessarily the same player, but similar in areas. Stuckey a more polished scorer coming out of college, Wright a much better defender. Both have the ability to play either guard spot and are deceptive athletes.

Below is a highlight video of Delon Wright scoring 23 points against Kansas, uploaded by NZAUTV Basketball.

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