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The Free Agent Files: Dorell Wright

Now that the Nets have their Furious Five in place, they're gonna need some help on the bench. We've been looking at some players that might be on the Nets radar, and next up on our magical adventure is Dorell Wright of the Philadelphia 76ers.

A quick history on Wright: He was the 19th pick in the 2004 Draft, but didn't get into the rotation until the 2006-2007 season. He dealt with injuries over the next two years before hitting his stride in the 2009-2010 season. He ended up signing with the Warriors that offseason. He had two solid seasons for the Warriors before being traded to the Sixers.

The 2012-2013 season

How was Wrigh's season? Let's take a look:

Metric

Dorell Wright

Small Forwards in 2012-2013

Games Played

79

47

Minutes per game

22.6

20

True Shooting percentage

55.1

53.6

Assist rate

16.9

14.03

Turnover rate

8.8

10.29

Usage rate

18.7

17.85

Rebound rate

9.6

9.8

PER

16

11.48

Win Shares per 48

.132

.099

Wright put together another solid season. He's known as a good three point shooter, and he didn't disappoint. He shot 37.4 percent from downtown, and when we look at where he got his shots, we see that he loved the corners. He shot 42 percent from the corners last season, and when you take into account the success the new frontcourt duo of Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett (never thought I'd be typing that) has had in the post, should opponents look to double them, Wright will make them pay from deep. I (and other folks)was expecting the Sixers to have more spacing offensively, but that didn't happen thanks to Andrew Bynum's injury problem.

He can also drive to the basket, hitting on 52 percent of his attempts inside of eight feet. He's certainly not LeBron James around the basket, but defenses will have to respect his driving ability. He's also shown himself to be a capable ballhandler throughout his run of consistent playing time, posting above average turnover rates in each of the last four seasons.

Wright is 6'7 and profiles as an OK defender. He's only played 219 minutes at the power forward position over the last three seasons, so he's exclusively a small forward. He's been a slightly below average defender, as opposing SFs put up PERs of 17.9 and 16.3 against him. The Warriors' and Sixers' team defenses weren't great with Wright on the bench, so we can reasonably conclude that he didn't hinder the team's chances on that side of the ball. If he were to join the Nets, he would be playing alongside Kevin Garnett, one of the league's fiercest defenders. In addition to being a fierce individual defender, his teams are much better when he's on the court (Boston's defensive rating was nine points worse when Garnett was on the bench last year).

Sixer fans like him too. Writing at Liberty Ballers, Tanner Steidel had this to say about Wright's season:

In a contract season, Dorell gave Sixer fans his highest PER (16.0) of his NBA life. That stat being the highest of his career falls right in line with many other advanced numbers that were in his personal top three, including True Shooting Percentage (55.1%), Effective Field Goal Percentage (50.8%), Win Shares (4.9), and Offensive Rating (112). With his 112 ORtg number, Dorell was a full ten points higher than the entire Sixer team collectively. I think it's safe to say that they were much more effective offensively when he was on the floor.

How does he compare to the starter?

Well, this was gonna be Gerald Wallace, but something caused that to change. As such, we'll take a look at Wright along with newest Net, Paul Pierce (again, something I never thought I'd be typing).

Metric

Dorell Wright Paul Pierce

Small Forwards in 2012-2013

Games Played

79 77

47

Minutes per game

22.6 33.4

20

True Shooting percentage

55.1 55.9

53.6

Assist rate

16.9 19.87

14.03

Turnover rate

8.8 14.3

10.29

Usage rate

18.7 27.4

17.85

Rebound rate

9.6 11.2

9.8

PER

16 19.1

11.48

Win Shares per 48

.132 .135

.099

There isn't much of a drop-off between the two players in terms of shooting efficiency. Pierce had way more offensive responsibilities and defensive attention paid to him than Wright, so it's no issue that they have similar True Shooting percentages. He's more versatile offensively than Pierce, as you can put him in the post or isolate him on the perimeter for long stretches and expect success (Of course, with four relatively high usage players, Pierce won't get as many possessions run for him, but that's another post for another day).

The key benefit that Pierce provides the Nets is his ballhandling skills. He can initiate the offense, which can allow for Deron Williams to play off the ball, which opens up more scoring opportunities for what should be an explosive Nets offense. Pierce is also a sold rebounder for his position and that'll help the Nets, who, despite having the league's best rebounder, were league average on the glass.

Would he help the Nets?

Absolutely! With higher profile marksmen like Kyle Korver and J.J. Redick more than likely out of Brooklyn's price range, Wright is a very good fallback plan. He's shown an ability to hit threes on a consistent basis and finish at the rim. Also, he's a capable enough defender so he won't harm you on that side of that ball. And, he's an awesome dude. The Nets should try to sign him.

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