The Toronto Raptors have recalled Delon Wright from Raptors 905 of the D-League, head coach Jesse Mermuys told Raptors Republic on Wednesday morning.
Wright was at the Hershey Centre for the 905’s 11 a.m. game against the Erie Bayhawks but was scratched a little more than an hour before tip-off. Presumably, this is related to Kyle Lowry’s sprained left wrist. It’s possible Lowry is sitting out practice on Tuesday and the Raptors need another point guard, or that the Raptors don’t want to risk an injury to Wright in case Lowry can’t go Thursday. In any case, Wright will practice with the parent club at noon.
It could make for a sluggish Wright at practice, as he played garbage minutes for the Raptors on Tuesday, then traveled up the Gardiner to Mississauga early Wednesday, only to turn around and head right back. That’s a lot of gas in the Panamera.
It’s somewhat of a strange sequence of events, as Lowry was hurt in the fourth quarter Tuesday but the team still saw fit to assign Wright after the game. To me, that suggests Lowry woke up feeling a little worse for the wear and the team thought to take extra precaution, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The team could have simply changed their mind.
Wright’s played 12 games with the 905, averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.7 steals. He’s shooting 52.7 percent from the floor, looking poised and polished running the offense, and he’s hit an encouraging 35.7 percent of his threes. Somewhat surprising given his reputation coming out of college, it’s his defense that’s a bit behind in terms of NBA readiness, particularly in the pick-and-roll. Despite playing just 31 NBA minutes, he’d probably be fine in backup minutes over a couple of games if need be.
“Yes, I think he would,” Mermuys said of Wright being able to fill in. “His demeanor and his sort of things that aren’t coachable, the intangibles he just naturally has, makes that less of a…you’re not really throwing this guy out there that has no poise to him. He kind of instinctively has some poise. So I think he’d be able to handle that. I’m sure that other teams would try to go at him and maybe take advantage of that but because of his size, his length, I think he’d be able to hold down the fort.”
Norman Powell and Lucas Nogueira remain on assignment with the 905 and will likely be recalled following the game.