A brash youngster when he was drafted out of South Kent Prep High School by Miami in 2004, Dorell Wright looks like he has finally grown up. With the departure of Shaquille O’Neal and the arrival of Shawn Marion, the Heat have not only revitalized their franchise but this young player as well.
In his first year with Miami, Wright appeared in only three games. He was sidelined for months with various ailments, including an abdominal strain and knee-cap tendinitis. Despite his hard work, in the 2005-2006 season Wright was assigned to the Florida Flame of the NBDL. He played well there and was promptly recalled by the Heat.
Last season, Wright battled injuries once again. This year, however, he looks healthy and is playing with a bounce in his step. With the departure of Shaquille O’Neal, Miami has looked to play more of an up-tempo game and Wright has benefited greatly. He looks more comfortable in the offense and with all the attention being paid to Wade and Marion, he’s getting much easier looks at the rim as well.
In the past 6 games, he’s averaged 14.5 points on 54% shooting along with 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, a steal, and 0.6 blocks. He’s shown flashes of brilliance, and with the change of style the Heat have undergone in O’Neal’s absence, it appears that Wright has finally found his game.
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