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Better Know Your New Blazers: Dorell Wright

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Dorell Wright

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The Skinny:

Full Name: Dorell Lawrence Wright

Date/Place of Birth: 12/2/1985-Los Angeles, CA
Height/Weight-6’ 9”, 205 lbs

Primary Position: SF

Projected Role: Rotation Player

College: None (South Kent Prep HS (CT))
NBA Draft: Drafted with the 19th  pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Miami

Honors: NBA Champion (2006)

Career Averages-9.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1 TOPG, .9 SPG.  12-13 PER: 16.07

Dorell’s Strengths:

There is pretty much no question what Wright does best, and that is shoot 3s, lots and lots and lots of 3s.  361 of his 599 fg attempts were from 3 last season and he made 3s at a respectable 37.4% clip.  Wright doesn’t really have a favorite position to shoot from, making them in equal numbers from all areas behind the arc.  Wright is also a solid rebounder, ranking in the top third of all small forwards in rebound rate.  His length is an asset for him on defense as well, although effort is also an issue.  Still, if he can only keep making 3s at his normal rate for Portland, anything else he gives the Blazers is pretty much an unexpected bonus.

Dorell’s Weaknesses:

You’ve got to like a player who knows what his weaknesses are and works to make sure they don’t hurt his team too much.  Such is the case with Wright, who is a very poor ball handler and can’t get to the rim on his own.  He knows this and so rarely puts himself in a situation where he can turn the ball over.  Wright also doesn’t draw fouls, since he mostly shoots 3s, which is too bad since he shoots FTs at about an 85% clip.  As mentioned above, effort on defense can also be an issue but it is something that has improved.  Wright will be solid, if nothing else, for Portland.

Blazer Connections:

None.

Did You Know?:

Wright was the youngest member of the 2006 NBA champion Miami Heat

After the 2010-11 season, Wright was third in Most Improved Player voting, behind LMA and the winner Kevin Love.

Wright stated that among his reasons for signing with Portland was his five year old son’s love of the Oregon Ducks, and especially Oregon star RB De”Anthony Thomas.

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).