Very similar to last week's Nick Young acquisition, Wright is only slated to be in Philadelphia for one season, before his contract expiries. That, paired with the fact that he's a nice fit with the team, earned the official seal of approval from the Liberty Ballers staff.
But once again, I thought the best way to familiarize ourselves with Wright, was to find out what his previous fans – the ones who watched him on a nightly basis – thought of the newest Philadelphia 76er.
Make the jump.
It's hard not to like Wright as a person: he's got that laid back L.A. demeanor, he's great in the community, and - with the Warriors at least - he has been a guy that understands his role in the league and really plays well within that. For whatever stock you put in Hollinger's metric, Wright's PER has been an exact average of 15 for the last two years with the Warriors - his averages declined this season because his minutes declined over the course of the season. Ultimately, he has developed into a perfectly average player with a perfectly reasonable salary.
And that's at least part of the reason why the Warriors were so eager to move him and had such a hard time moving him.
With Wright, I think it's gotten to a point of what you see is what you get, which isn't necessarily bad. He is essentially a spot up shooter. His defensive effort is there and he actually had some great rebounding games during the season. But the thing, you have to wonder about is how much more productive he can be given his style of play. A change of scenery might help, but at times it looked like he has already plateaued.
Although his PER remained even over the past two years, for some reason he seemed to have a harder time adjusting to the coaching change from Keith Smart to Mark Jackson than most other players. He began the season shooting 11-for-37 from 3-point range, which really limits his impact offensively as you might be able to guess. The most frustrating part of it was that he fell into this habit of pump faking himself out of open shots - it's great to pump fake and drive if a defender is running at you, but if you're pump faking instead of just catching and shooting and beating people off the dribble isn't your forte you're not helping the offense all that much. But it's probably not surprising that Wright did benefit from playing with Monta Ellis (prior to his departure), whose ability to drive, draw defense, and kick complements what Wright does best very well.
The bottom line for the Warriors is this trade shouldn't be seen as a red flag condemning Wright's ability; there was a log jam at the SF spot after drafting Harrison Barnes, the Warriors badly needed depth on the interior and salary cap room to address those other needs. It was a business move to add a trade exception/cap room to balance the roster a bit, which you could easily argue will become more valuable than what Wright offered a team with three other guys that were slated to play the three. And the Warriors definitely don't need another spot up shooter in the rotation when there are so many other holes.
I wish him the all the best in Philadelphia and it would seem that his abilities will be more valuable to the Sixers than they would to the Warriors, which is great for him.
Many thanks to Nate for sending his thoughts over. He also encourages the LB community to check out the Wright trade reaction post on Golden State of Mind.
Get your #DOR3LL tweets ready, although the unnecessary pump-faking scares me a bit, because it reminds me of Lou Williams and Jason Kapono.