The Raptors selected Utah guard Delon Wright with the No. 20 pick in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Wright, a 6'6" point guard, is the younger brother of veteran forward Dorell Wright.
Wright, 23, was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in each of his two seasons at Utah and was a second-team All-America choice as a senior. He joined the Utes after two seasons at a junior college.
He averaged 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game as a senior, leading his team to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. Wright also led the Pac-12 with 2.56 steals per game and averaged a league-high 38.6 minutes. He was sixth in the conference with 1.3 blocks per game.
Mannix's analysis: Not sure I understand this pick. The Raptors are set at point guard with Kyle Lowry, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract last summer. They have a need at power forward and several—a group that includes Bobby Portis, Kevon Looney and Montrezl Harrell—were available. Instead they take Wright, a long, defensive-minded playmaker. This is a bit of a reach for a player who plays a position the Raptors seem pretty set at. Does this mean Toronto will shop Lowry? Strange selection.
Strengths: A do-it-all point guard with outstanding size for the position. Wright gets by with craft rather than overpowering athleticism. He’s a smart, decisive player who can score, distribute and rebound well for his position. An efficient scorer despite not being a great shooter overall, Wright has a knack for getting to his spots and finding creases. The senior can also defend and has a knack for creating steals and tips due to his length and excellent anticipation into passing lanes.
Weaknesses: Occasionally, he has trouble finishing around the rim, and he doesn’t have the elite athleticism you look for in a starting NBA point guard. Outside shooting will be a question, despite a decent three-point percentage as a senior (35.6%).