Dorell Wright looking to fit into Sixers' game plan

"The No. 1 thing is we're all professionals with one goal, and that's to win," new Sixer Dorell Wright said. The 6-foot-9 Wright can play multiple positions.
"The No. 1 thing is we're all professionals with one goal, and that's to win," new Sixer Dorell Wright said. The 6-foot-9 Wright can play multiple positions. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff)
Posted: September 26, 2012

Perhaps no other player on the 76ers roster better fits what the team said it wanted to add when the season ended - longer, more athletic players and shooters - than 6-foot-9 Dorell Wright.

He's a rangy shooter who in the 2010-11 season - statistically his best as a pro - led the NBA in three-pointers made (194) and attempted (516), both of which are Golden State Warriors franchise records.

An eight-year veteran, Wright, 26, spent the first six years of his career in Miami, winning a championship in 2006 and learning to play disciplined defense and multiple positions under legendary Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley.

"He's going to give us a lot of what we've been looking for," Sixers coach Doug Collins said shortly after the Sixers acquired Wright in a three-team deal that included the New Orleans Hornets. "He's capable of playing multiple positions, and he's a great shooter."

When the Sixers gather for training camp on Tuesday, Collins will be getting a player who already recognizes that the Sixers, with just five returning players from last season, have much work to do if they are going to come together and reach the lofty expectations many have for them.

The biggest challenge will be to build chemistry on a roster full of players who have been part of rotations and this season will have to sacrifice for the good of the team.

"The No. 1 thing is we're all professionals with one goal, and that's to win," Wright said. "So if everybody is on the same page from day one and it's all about winning, then this is going to be good."

Wright was the 19th pick in the first round of the 2005 draft by Miami out of Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif. He had a breakout season in 2010-11 - his first with the Warriors. Wright, who played both shooting guard and small forward, saw his scoring average jump from 7.1 points to 16.4 in the Warriors' fastbreak offense.

But the Warriors fired coach Keith Smart at the end of the season and replaced him with Marc Jackson. Jackson placed more of an emphasis on defense then he did in getting up and down the court. As a result, Wright saw both his shot attempts and his scoring average (10.3) drop.

"A lot of people see it as me having a bad season. I don't see it that way," Wright said. "It was a different coach and a different system. We had to adjust our roles."

He said he has yet to discuss his role with his new team with Collins. He did not come to Philadelphia, however, worrying about that.

"I'm with whatever Coach wants," Wright said. "I'd rather come off the bench and win instead of starting on a losing team. Whatever the case may be, I'm really looking forward to whatever my role is. I've just got to go out there and leave it all on the court and get wins. That's what it's all about."


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com, or follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer. Read his blog, "Deep Sixer," at www.philly.com/deepsixer

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