Bucks Sign D-League All-Star Chris Wright To 10-Day Contract; Waive Tony Mitchell

As the Bucks continue to limp towards the end of their harrowing 2013-14 season, the team seems to be in position to give 10-day auditions to some of the NBADL’s best prospects. Just 10 days prior, world-renowned dunk artist and Mad Ants forward Tony Mitchell was awarded with an opportunity to showcase his skills in a Bucks uniform.

Per usual for a multitude of D-Leaguers who receive 10-day deals, Mitchell really never had the opportunity to showcase his skills in meaningful minutes. In Mitchell’s short six game Bucks career, the Alabama alum only played 10 minutes.

As Mitchell takes his trip back to the D-League, another athletic stud will take his place.

Two time D-League All-Star Chris Wright has been signed by Milwaukee to a 10-day deal. As the main clog behind the Maine Red Claws, the 6’8 Wright has made his imprint as one of the best D-League forwards behind a solid 19.5 point, 8.5 rebound performance. While Wright’s athletic ability seems to be the main angle behind his recent NBA call-up, the D-League vet has made a solid overall impact during his two year career

By utilizing the aforementioned athleticism, Wright was able to be one of the more effective cutters in the D-League. When Wright is around the rim, he used his athletic 6’9 frame to shot an effective 58%. Similar to the grand majority of effective cutters, Wright makes his way to the charity stripe on a Corey Maggette-esque basis as he’s averaging 7 free throw attempts per 36 minutes.

Besides his ability to cut to the rim, Wright is a pretty ineffective player (shot chart below) which is one of the main reasons why he’s struggled to find a long-term role on an NBA team. With that in mind, the Dayton alum is a fantastic offensive rebounder as he’s able to use his athleticism to collect nearly three offensive boards per game.

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While his athletic frame and ferocious dunks stand at the top of Wright’s basketball resume, the Dayton’s alum work on the defensive end is what could turn him into an NBA mainstay. With an extremely solid 98.2 DefRtg, Wright stands as one of the best and effective defenders in the D-League. By utilizing the aforementioned athleticism and Maine’s solid defensive system, Wright has been able to certify himself as one of the best on-ball defenders.

Even though the NBA’s talent level definitely trounces that of the NBADL, Wright could still be an effective defender is in the Association. As an athletic 6’9 forward, Wright is able to defend multiple positions from shooting guards to power forwards.

While this may be your typical 10-day contract where the D-Leaguer barely gets to see any playing time on an NBA court, Wright is definitely good enough to be a mainstay in the Association. With that in mind, there might be too much depth on Milwaukee’s roster for Wright to get any meaningful minutes. While he can play multiple positions, the Middleton/Giannis combo at SF and the continued excellence of Jeff Adrien might too much for Wright.

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