Since the Thunder’s starting small forward and power forward positions became vacant this last summer, the organization has scrambled to try to fill the void with viable replacements. In the process, the Thunder has added a few players that will not be able to fill the positions in the same manner, but at least there are bodies to put on the court if needed.
On September 23rd, the Thunder signed Chris Wright to a partially guaranteed contract of $100k until January 10, 2017. Wright is a 6-foot-8, 226-pound forward who played and graduated from Dayton University in 2011, and he is currently wearing #23 in training camp for the Thunder. Wright went undrafted in the NBA draft that year, so he was drafted 3rd in the NBA D-League draft by the Maine Redclaws, where he experienced some success.
Over the years, he had a couple of short stretches in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors in 2011-12 and the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14. In between his NBA playtime, he played in the NBA D-League, primarily with the Redclaws, where he was a 2-time NBA D-League All-Star.
After being waived by the Bucks prior to the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, he signed overseas with Turów Zgorzelec in Poland. Following his year there, he signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of the Israel Basketball Premiere league, where he helped win an Israeli League Championship.
Chris Wright comes to the Thunder inexperienced in terms of NBA playtime, but the fact that he has worked hard over the last five years to keep himself at a level to potentially earn a spot in the league says something. Wright will like spend most of his time with Oklahoma City’s D-League team, the Blue, but he’s available just in case a spot opens up on the Thunder roster.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @thethunderguys on Twitter.