Toronto Raptors: Whose stock is up/down, plus Delon Wright on the rise

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Delon Wright – Stock Up

Delon is starting to find his groove as of late, with strong performances against Brooklyn and Washington in the books. Wright’s season has been a little up and down, stagnant at times and mostly pedestrian.

The past few games have been a pleasant turnaround for the Utah product, Wright has been active as always on defense, snagging three steals against Brooklyn and a single steal against Washington despite assisting in numerous turnovers from the Wizards. Offensively, Wright has looked a lot more aggressive, attacking the rim with his array of flashy lay-ups and even knocking down a three-pointer here and there.

Wright had 12 points on 5-11 shooting against the Nets, when he gets going on offense Delon can push the ball well in transition and serve as the primary playmaker for the second unit, something he should be doing more often. VanVleet should serve more as an off-the-ball weapon, his spot-up shooting can be a real weapon moving forward but Fred running a pick-and-roll game as often as he does hinders his progress as a scorer.

Delon followed up his promising night against the Nets with an even stronger performance against the Wizards. Wright had 17 points on 7-11 shooting in only 21 minutes of action, despite the game going to double-overtime. Delon left the court with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and we wouldn’t see him back on the court again. Nick Nurse could have used a pair of fresh legs in overtime, Delon would have been the perfect formula, his rangy defense and speed could have forced the tired Wizards into turning the ball over. Regardless, Delon provided solid production in limited minutes. Things are beginning to look up, despite going scoreless against Boston on Wednesday night.

Though the performance against the Celtics really sours this week for Wright, he still finds himself in the up column. Just.