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Oklahoma City Thunder: Dorell Wright sought?

by Berry Tramel Published: July 1, 2013

Yahoo!Sports is reporting that the Thunder is interested in free agent forward Dorell Wright. So here’s what you need to know about Dorell Wright.

This is not 25-year-old, 6-foot-9 Brandan Wright, out of North Carolina, who has played for Warriors, Nets and Mavericks. This is not 26-year-old, 6-foot-8 Julian Wright, out of Kansas, who played for the Hornets and Raptors but has been out of the league since 2011.

This is 27-year-old, 6-foot-7 Dorell Wright, who was drafted by the Heat straight out of high school in 2005. This Wright played six years with Miami, then jumped to Golden State as a free agent in 2010. Last summer, Wright was traded to the 76ers.

Wright blossomed in 2010-11 with the Warriors. He started all 82 games and averaged 16.4 and 5.3 rebounds a game.

Those numbers have dropped the last two years: 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 2011-12 with Golden State, when he started all 61 Warrior games, and then 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 2012-13 with Philadelphia, when he started just eight of 79 games.

Wright’s 3-point shooting has remained remarkably consistent: .389, .376, .360 and .374 the last four years.

And per 36 minutes, Wright’s numbers have remained consistent. Even the breakout 2010-11 season isn’t out of line. Here are Wright’s numbers per 36 minutes, each of the last four seasons:

2009-10: 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds.

2010-11: 15.4 points, 4.9 rebounds.

2011-12: 13.7 points, 6.1 rebounds.

2012-13: 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds.

So I think the Thunder would know what it’s getting with Wright. Not a scorer the caliber of James Harden or Kevin Martin, but a guy who can come off the bench and be relied on to make a basket or three.

I don’t know if the Thunder would rely on Wright as its designated sixth man or else it would be sixth-man-by-committee, with Wright, Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson sharing the role.

But Wright clearly is a solid player who would help, at a low cost.



by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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