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.”