Chris Wright Signs with Milwaukee Bucks: Call-Up Breakdown
To say Chris Wright has NBA-level athleticism would be an understatement. Wright is an elite athlete even by NBA standards. See for yourself:
But while the 25-year-old has already reeled off enough highlights for a YouTube playlist, his return to the NBA is the result of work behind the scenes that almost no one notices -- his education in the finer points of the game: closing out on shooters, denying the ball, making the extra pass, and so on. These are the skills -- not the dunking -- that Maine Red Claws head coach Mike Taylor brings up when asked about Wright's development over the past year.
"He's much better this year at doing the things that people don't see," Taylor said. "Last year he more just relied on his athleticism."
Wright's maturation since 2011, when he went undrafted out of Dayton before earning a 24-game Call-Up to the Warriors, has been gradual, but it's reached its pinnacle over the past month. He's averaging 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in the eight games since the All-Star break, and he's now leading the NBA D-League in points in the paint (466).
The flipside of that, however, is that a jump shot remains the missing piece for Wright, who possesses an ideal NBA small forward's frame (6'8, 225). Two-hundred of his 269 field goals (74%) this season have come within the restricted area, evidence that he can get to the rack but also that he's still limited outside of those rim attacks. As it stands, he ranked as NBADLeague.com's No. 17 prospect and was a fixture in Prospect Watch all season long. But on potential, he's certainly one of the top-tier players to take a flyer on.