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.