Delon Elijah Wright (born April 26, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Utah Utes and was a first-team all-conference player in the Pac-12 in 2014 and 2015. He also earned the Bob Cousy Award in 2015.

 

 

High school and junior college

Born in Los Angeles, California,[2] Wright led Leuzinger High School to the California state championship as a senior and was named CIF Southern Section Division 1A Player of the Year. Despite his high school success, academics led him to enroll at California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) school the City College of San Francisco. After two successful seasons there, he committed to Utah over Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, despite the Utes winning only 6 games the previous season.[3]

College career

In his first season at Utah, Wright immediately became one of the top players in the Pac-12 Conference.[4] He finished in the top 10 in the conference in scoring (seventh at 16.9 points per game), assists (third at 4.89), steals (first at 2.56), blocked shots (sixth at 1.3), field goal percentage (third at 56.1 percent) and free throw percentage (ninth at 80.5 percent). Wright additionally averaged 6.8 rebounds per game, despite playing the guard position.[5] At the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Wright became the first Ute to be named first-team All-Pac-12 and was also named to the league's All-Defensive team.[6] Following the season, Wright considered entering the 2014 NBA draft, but ultimately decided to return to Utah for his senior season.[29]

At the start of his senior season, Wright was named to the 50-man watch lists for the Naismith College Player of the Year[8] and the John R. Wooden Award.[9] For the second-straight season, he was voted first-team All-Pac-12 and again named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.[19] Wright was also a two-time member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive team and won the 2015 Bob Cousy Award.

Wright became the first player in Utah men's basketball history to be named to the first-team All-Pac-12 in consecutive years (2014 and 2015).

College statistics

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14Utah333336.4.561.222.7936.85.32.51.315.5
2014–15Utah353533.3.509.356.8364.95.12.11.014.5

Professional career

Toronto Raptors (2015–present)

On June 25, 2015, Wright was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.[2] On July 3, 2015, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Raptors and joined the team for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[2] On April 8, 2016, with All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry rested, Wright scored a season-high 19 points in a 111–98 win over the Indiana Pacers.[2]

On August 1, 2016, Wright underwent arthroscopic shoulder stabilization to fix a labral tear in his right shoulder, ruling him out of action for four months.[2] During his rookie and sophomore seasons, he has had multiple assignments with Raptors 905 of the NBA Development League.[2][2]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2015–16Toronto2718.5.450.385.7431.41.1.3.13.8
2016–17Toronto27016.5.422.333.7641.82.11.0.45.6
Career54112.5.434.349.7561.61.6.6.34.7

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2016Toronto904.6.300.000.615.4.3.3.01.6
2017Toronto9010.2.529.333.7141.41.4.4.12.8
Career1807.4.444.286.650.9.9.4.12.2

Personal life

Wright is the younger brother of NBA player Dorell Wright.[29]