Dorell Wright will make his first appearance with the Blazers tonight in an exhibition game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The free agent pick up, who dislocated his finger for the second time in a week in an Oct. 4th practice, is expected to bolster the Blazers bench scoring and 3 point production this season. He will start at small forward tonight in place of Nicolas Batum, who has yet to be cleared from a concussion he suffered in practice on Oct. 8th.
Wright is a 10 year veteran who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2004. He has also played for the Golden State Warriors and, most recently, the Philadelphia 76ers. He had his most productive season in 2010-11 with Golden State, where he averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals a game. That year, he set a Warriors franchise record with 9 three-pointers made in a game, and also set the franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a season, which was later broken by Stephen Curry in 2012-13. Last year, with the 76ers, he averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 0.8 steals a game, while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.
At 6 feet 9 inches, Wright can play both forward positions, if needed, as well as shooting guard. This should give the Blazers some versatility with their lineups, and his size allows him to play defense in the post against opposing power forwards, while adding another 3-point threat on the floor.
It will be interesting to see how Coach Stotts uses Wright and which different lineup combinations he will try tonight.