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.”