Dorell Lawrence Wright (born December 2, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Wright was drafted in the 2004 NBA draft by the Miami Heat directly out of high school. He has additionally played for the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers. He has previously led the league in three-pointers made, and was selected to participate in the NBA Three-Point Shootout in 2011.

High school career

As a senior, Wright averaged 29.4 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks per game for South Kent Prep in Connecticut.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wright was listed as the No. 4 small forward and the No. 12 player in the nation in 2004. [2] He initially committed to attend DePaul before entering the NBA draft. [3]

Professional career

Miami Heat (2004–2010)

Wright was selected nineteenth overall by the Heat in the 2004 NBA draft. [4] On February 5, 2005, he made his professional debut in a 108–97 win over the Chicago Bulls. [5]

On January 3, 2006, Wright was assigned to the Florida Flame of the NBA Development League. [6] On January 18, he had been recalled by the Heat. [7] At the end of the year, he had been the youngest member of the Heat's first NBA championship squad. [8]

On August 21, 2008, Wright re-signed with the Heat. [9]

Golden State Warriors (2010–2012)

On July 12, 2010, Wright signed with the Golden State Warriors. [10] On November 27, he set a franchise record with nine three-point field goals made, surpassing Jason Richardson's record of eight three-pointers set on March 29, 2007. [2] On February 8, 2011, he had been selected to compete in the 3-Point Shootout at the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. [2]

On March 18, 2011, against the Phoenix Suns, Wright went scoreless in the first half, but scored 30 points in the second half in a 108–97 loss. He finished the game with 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. [2] On March 23, he scored a career-high 34 points to go with 5 rebounds and 6 assists against the Houston Rockets in a 131–112 loss. [2]

On April 6, 2011, Wright set a Warriors franchise record for three-point shots made in a season with 184 in a home win versus the Los Angeles Lakers, beating Jason Richardson's previous record of 183 in the 2005–06 season. [2] On April 13, 2011, he became the first player in NBA history to have scored more points in his seventh season than all of his first six combined in a win against the Portland Trail Blazers. [2] He additionally ended the season with the most three-point shots made in the 2010–11 season with 194, as well as the most three-point field goals attempted with 516, both of which set Warriors franchise records. [2] The records were surpassed by Stephen Curry in the 2012–13 season, when Curry set the NBA record for three-point field goals made. [2]

After the 2010–11 season, Wright finished third in voting for NBA Most Improved Player, behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love. [2]

Philadelphia 76ers (2012–2013)

On July 11, 2012, Wright was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a three-team trade. [2] On October 31, 2012, he made his debut for the 76ers in an 84–75 win over to the Denver Nuggets, recording three points, one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes. [3]

Portland Trail Blazers (2013–2015)

On July 10, 2013, Wright signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. [3] On October 30, 2013, he made his debut for the Trail Blazers in a 104–91 loss to the Phoenix Suns, recording three points, one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes. [3]

Beikong Fly Dragons (2015–2016)

On August 17, 2015, Wright signed with the Beikong Fly Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. [3] In 37 games for the Dragons, he averaged 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Return to the Heat (2016–present)

On April 12, 2016, Wright signed with the Miami Heat, returning to the franchise for a second stint. [3] On April 17, Wright checked in throughout the final minutes of a 123–91 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He received a standing ovation from what remained of the home crowd. On his first appearance in a Heat uniform in six years, he recorded eight points and one rebound in four minutes while hitting on two three pointers. [3]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games 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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Miami 3 0 9.0 .273 .000 1.000 .3 1.0 1.3 .0 2.3
2005–06 Miami 20 2 6.6 .465 .500 .882 1.6 .4 .2 .1 2.9
2006–07 Miami 66 19 19.6 .445 .147 .744 4.1 1.4 .6 .7 6.0
2007–08 Miami 44 34 25.1 .488 .364 .826 5.0 1.4 .7 .9 7.9
2008–09 Miami 6 0 12.2 .400 .000 .333 3.3 .3 .3 .0 3.0
2009–10 Miami 72 1 20.8 .463 .389 .884 3.3 1.3 .7 .4 7.1
2010–11 Golden State 82 82 38.4 .423 .376 .789 5.3 3.0 1.5 .8 16.4
2011–12 Golden State 61 61 27.0 .422 .360 .816 4.6 1.5 1.0 .4 10.3
2012–13 Philadelphia 79 8 22.6 .396 .374 .851 3.8 1.9 .8 .4 9.2
2013–14 Portland 68 13 14.5 .374 .342 .754 2.8 .9 .3 .2 5.0
2014–15 Portland 48 2 12.6 .379 .380 .810 2.3 .9 .4 .2 4.6
Career 549 222 22.4 .424 .365 .806 3.8 1.5 .8 .5 8.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Miami 1 0 1.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2009 Miami 1 0 3.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2010 Miami 5 0 22.4 .360 .250 1.000 3.8 1.8 .4 .0 5.0
2014 Portland 8 0 11.0 .368 .333 .733 2.0 .4 .4 1.1 3.6
Career 15 0 13.6 .364 .300 .8 2.3 .8 .3 .6 3.6

NBA career highlights

Personal

In August 2014, Wright married long-time girlfriend, Mia Lee. [3] [3] He is the older brother of Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright. [3]