Golden State Warriors' small forward Dorell Wright ready to adapt game

Getty Images file photoWarriors forward Dorell Wright worked out with Derrick Rose

Getty Images file photoWarriors forward Dorell Wright worked out with Derrick Rose

After playing sparingly during his first six years with the Miami Heat, Dorell Wright came out of nowhere last season to shoot a league-best 194 3-pointers for the Warriors.

But don’t just label him a shooter.

“I take what the defense gives me,” Wright said. “They let me shoot a lot of 3s last year, so I’ll take it. This year, guys are gonna be playing me a little closer so I’m gonna have to put the ball on the floor, and I understand that.”

For the second offseason in a row, the small forward worked out with Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Tyreke Evans — three point guards known for getting to the hoop.

“It was us four each and every morning down in L.A.,” said Wright, who grew up in Los Angeles. “Working out with guys at that elite talent, with the MVP of the league [Rose], you see how hard they work. It just pushes you, because a lot of the things we do are competitive drills. You always wanna be the best shooter, you always wanna be the best finisher. … They pushed me to be a better player.”

Wright’s game made big strides during his first campaign with the Warriors, as he developed a pump-fake midseason that routinely forced defenders into the air, allowing him to draw a foul or drive to the hoop.

Creating his own shot and incorporating a few moves with his back to the basket would be the next logical steps in
becoming a more threatening offensive player this season.</p>

In addition to rounding out his offensive game, Wright has been working on his defense as well.

“Playing in the NBA, man, the three position — that’s a position where they bring it every night so I gotta be prepared,” Wright said. “You gotta hold your man accountable and go out there and defend.”

Don’t worry, though, Warriors fans, Wright will still be stroking it from downtown when he gets the chance.

“I dont think I’m gonna make 194 again,” Wright said. “But hey, if I’m open 194 times, trust me, I’m gonna try to knock ’em down 194 times.”

Golden State WarriorsNBAsportsWarriors

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

Roger Marenco, president of operators union TWU Local 250-A, speaks at a news conference outside the Muni Kirkland Yard announcing Muni will not be increasing fares on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s union leader encourages riders to say ‘thank you’ to their Muni operators

A conversation with Roger Marenco, president of Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250A

San Francisco’s live music clubs have been closed for more than a year. (Twitter screenshot)
S.F. venue recovery fund begins accepting grant applications

Entertainment presenters may apply from April 21-May 5

Most Read