Monday, December 22, 2014

Wright's ball-handling a plus

Wright's ball-handling a plus

New Sixers guard Dorell Wright led the NBA in three-point shooting two seasons ago. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
New Sixers guard Dorell Wright led the NBA in three-point shooting two seasons ago. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)



One of the things that Sixers coach Doug Collins was concerned about heading into training camp was how many ball-handlers he could get on the floor with his second unit, responsibilities that last season were pretty much handled by Lou Williams and, at times, Evan Turner, until he became a fixture in the starting unit.

 

Enter Dorell Wright.

 

The Sixers knew ahead of time that they were bringing in a guy who during the 2010-11 season led the NBA in three-pointers made (194). And while his defense has been at times questionable, he does have a foundation for it that was instilled in him while he was at Miami and playing for Pat Riley.

 

But Wright, at 6-9, is a surprisingly good ball handler, something that has become apparent in these first three days at camp.  It’s a luxury that Collins will no doubt take advantage of. This season you’ll see him at the two and the three and, at times, for a stretch, playing some four.

 

It’s a nice luxury to have, to say the least.

 

“When he was in Miami for six years he was a defender, rebounder and then he really added shooting to his game, which, with is size is really a tremendous asset for us,” Collins said following the team’s morning session.  “But the thing for me that has stood out is that he’s a really good ball-handler.

 

“We were a little bit concerned about some ball-handling there so he’s really been a pleasant surprise there,” Collins continued. “That and he’s really smart. He’s picking things up quickly. We have put in more stuff in the first two days than I could have ever imagined.”

 

About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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