Hawks: Delon Wright was the perfect addition to Atlanta’s bench

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After a few days of uncertainty, the trade that would send Delon Wright to the Hawks became official over the weekend:

While I am still interested in Bruno Fernando‘s development, the emergence of Onyeka Okongwu (although injured) along with the signing of Gorgui Dieng shuffles him to the rear of the rotation. Kris Dunn only played in four regular season games last season, but he’s still a solid defensive piece. I don’t really care about second round picks two years away at this point. However, when the Hawks traded away Dunn for Wright, they essentially got themselves an upgraded version of Dunn:

If you look at Wright; he has the size to defend smaller wings in addition to locking up second-unit point guards. As @SuperiorNBA pointed out, even in a small sample size, Wright flourished when he took over for De’Aaron Fox and was a legitimate point guard. Funny enough, as many of you know; I was very high on Ayo Dosunmu going into the 2021 NBA Draft. I never dreamed Jalen Johnson would fall that far… but NBADraft.net’s comparison for Dosunmu? You guessed it, Delon Wright.

I truly believe this is another brilliant move by Travis Schlenk. The Hawks get a veteran 6’5 combo guard that can shoot, rebound, distribute, and defend at a very high level. You can’t ask for much more off the bench, and after bringing back Lou Williams, I think this is going to be an even better second unit for the Hawks going into the 2021-2022 season. When you talk about a team that just made the Eastern Conference Finals, that’s very encouraging as a fan.

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