Delon Wright
Delon Wright
27-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Wright will take the court for Dallas this season after signing a three-year, $29 million deal. Wright spent his first three and a half years in the league in Toronto, playing primarily as a backup. He was traded to Memphis ahead of last season's deadline in the Marc Gasol trade and had a huge breakout for the Grizzlies to end the year. In 26 games for Memphis, Wright averaged career highs in points (12.2), rebounds (5.4) and assists (5.3), adding 2.2 combined blocks/steals across 30.8 minutes per contest. He's an athletic guard and an above-average rebounder who can score and assist when given the minutes. He's likely to open the season as Dallas' starting PG alongside Luka Doncic in the backcourt, though the Mavericks could choose to play Doncic at the three and Wright at the two. In either case, Wright seems to have a pretty clear path to minutes with his new team, and his all-around game makes him an interesting fantasy player across most formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $29 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Traded to the Mavericks in July of 2019.
Could start alongside Doncic
GDallas Mavericks
July 11, 2019
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested in a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio that he expects Wright to start at point guard in 2019-20, The Dallas Morning News reports. "Delon's a downhill guy who can defend multiple positions. We'll work with him some on his shot, but he's a great finisher, he can get to the rim, he'll make the play, he helps make his teammates better, and that's what we were looking for. Because trying to get Luka [Doncic] to guard point guards is not going to work. With Jalen Brunson, he did a great job as a rookie and he'll get better, but his strength still, he's still learning to stay in front of guys. Delon is there. Delon's a passer, a creator, but now 6-foot-5 will be our smallest guy in the starting lineup."
While the lineup decisions will ultimately be up to coach Rick Carlisle, Cuban's comments intimate that the Mavericks aren't eager to install Doncic as a full-time point guard, mainly due to his deficiencies on the defensive end. With Cuban going on to suggest that the 6-foot-2 Brunson's lack of size is also a concern, Wright looks like he'll be in the driver's seat to play the majority of the minutes at point guard. While Wright's inconsistent shooting from the field and three-point range caps his scoring potential, his skills as a playmaker and the length he offers defensively could translate to some useful fantasy production. Wright already showed some intriguing potential late in 2019-20 when he received regular run with Memphis, averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.8 minutes per contest.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Wright was in consideration for the backup point guard role to start the 2017-18 campaign following the departure of Cory Joseph. However, it was Fred VanVleet that stepped up and secured that role. That left Wright to fight for the bulk of his playing time at the shooting guard position, where he did ultimately find some success. In a career-high 20.8 minutes, Wright finished the season with averages of 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steal. He also upped his efficiency across the board, shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point land and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe. Wright's most notable outing of the year came Jan. 3 against the Bulls, when he posted a whopping 25-point, 13-rebound double-double. That shows his overall upside, but it's unclear if the minutes will be there once again during the upcoming campaign. The Raptors dealt DeMar DeRozan to the Spurs, but brought back superstar Kawhi Leonard and seasoned veteran Danny Green. Both players have the ability to play shooting guard, which blocks Wright's path to a bigger workload. At this point, Wright seems likely to fit into a similar role, providing steady defense off the bench and solid, but not spectacular, contributions across the box score. That will limit his Fantasy utility to only the deepest of leagues.
Wright has played in a total of 54 games during his two-year career, with 27 of those coming during the 2016-17 campaign. Despite taking part in less than half of the team's contests, Wright still nearly doubled his playing time, going from 8.5 minutes per game during his rookie season to 16.5 this past year. He translated that to 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal, while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from deep. Wright is considered an excellent defender, but his shot needs some work, which could limit his productivity in his third season. However, the Raptors did trade away Cory Joseph to the Pacers during the offseason, which opens up the backup point guard job. Wright is currently the favorite to take that spot behind Kyle Lowry, although Fred VanVleet could try and push him for it during training camp. Either way, Joseph's departure should mean a significant boost in minutes for Wright, but it likely won't be enough to cement him as a reliable Fantasy target in most leagues.
Snagged with the 20th overall pick in this year's draft, Wright enters the NBA with a profile as an excellent defender and adept distributor who could use a lot of work on his offensive game. In 35 NCAA games last year as the starting point guard for Utah, Wright averaged 33 minutes, 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 block, and 0.7 three-pointers while shooting 51 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range, and 84 percent from the free-throw line. At a skinny six-foot-five, he offers length at the position that starter Kyle Lowry can't, but the signing of Cory Joseph likely leaves Wright third on the depth chart, restricting the minutes he'll get as a rookie but also allowing him an opportunity to acclimate to the pros in a low-pressure role. Assuming he uses his time wisely to get stronger, improve upon his slow and awkward release, and develop into at least an adequate shooter, Wright should emerge with a significant spot in the backcourt rotation as soon as next season.
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Heads to Dallas in sign-and-trade
GDallas Mavericks
July 7, 2019
The Mavericks agreed Sunday to acquire Wright in a sign-and-trade deal with the Grizzlies in exchange for two second-round picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Wright's agent, Greg Lawrence, tells Wojnarowski that his client will sign a three-year, $29 million contract.
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Becomes restricted free agent
GMemphis Grizzlies
June 26, 2019
Wright had the qualifying offer extended to him by the Grizzlies, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Could have role impacted
GMemphis Grizzlies
June 20, 2019
Wright's role with the Grizzlies could be impacted by the selection of Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft.
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Caps season with triple-double
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 10, 2019
Wright scored 13 points (3-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 132-117 win over the Warriors.
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Nears double-double in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 9, 2019
Wright amassed 15 points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes Tuesday against Detroit.
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