After striking out on star-level talent in free agency, the Dallas Mavericks went with guard Delon Wright. The sign-and-trade is paying dividends early in the season.
After another free agency void of a star-level talent for the Dallas Mavericks, the deal for Delon Wright, unfortunately, didn’t cleanse the pallet. Despite the reports of confidence in their chances of free agency success, the Mavericks summer ended with re-signing players and acquiring a guard who racked up two triple-doubles on a talent barren Mavericks’ roster.
Contrary to the generalized narrative of the summer, Delon Wright is a significant factor in Dallas finding early-season success. Regardless of whether the fifth-year guard starts or comes off the pine, it’s apparent the game’s flow changes upon his entrance. Regardless of your feelings on small sample size theatre, Wright’s impact on the win-loss column doesn’t require much statistic research nor hours of game tape.
Backcourt defense is imperative for Dallas’ success with Luka Doncic in the starting lineup. Sure, rim-protection is essential, but if the guards can hold down the fort on the perimeter, the bigs workload of helping and risking foul trouble is partially alleviated. The Dallas Mavericks haven’t harbored a backcourt with this much defensive potential since the good ole days of 2011.
"“Delon Wright’s game tonight, we haven’t seen defense like that since Jason Kidd was here. The play at the end where he stole the ball on the rebound really was a microcosm of the night that he had.” -Rick Carlisle"