With Tony Mitchell's 10-day cup of coffee with the Bucks coming to an end, Milwaukee has gone back to the D-League looking for another athletic wing to occupy the end of their bench. The Bucks announced today that they had signed free agent forward Chris Wright to a 10-day contract, replacing Mitchell as the team's 15th man. The 6'8", 225-pound small forward had been averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds for in 38 games for the Maine Red Claws, with double-doubles in six of his last eight games. Wright has been a D-League All-Star the past two seasons and was named to the D-League's All-Defensive team in 2013.
It should be noted that this Chris Wright is the former Dayton Flyer, not the former guard from Villanova who is also in the D-League. In his four years at Dayton, Wright was referred to as ''the greatest above-the-rim player" in school history. He also holds the team record for blocks and dunks and was named to the All-Atlantic 10 team three teams during his collegiate career.
Wright projects mostly as a small forward in the NBA, though his strong frame might allow him to slide to the four for spot minutes in a super-small ball lineup . As far as what to expect in Wright's game, he gets a lot of his points from running out in transition and cleaning up messes in the paint (highlights below). He won't kill you with his shot (25.5 percent from three), but he can defend a little bit and DAMN can he fly. LOOK AT THOSE DUNKS (especially the last one)!
Wright will wear #15 during his stay with the Bucks, though he figures to have a hard time finding real minutes in a lineup that already features the younger and clearly more talented Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo at the small forward spot.