The man behind the athlete
As a burgeoning athletic luminary with unprecedented talent and the sense of dexterity that captivates and electrifies fans, Dorell Wright has been one of the NBA’s most venerated rising stars since joining the league in 2004.
Demonstrating supreme athleticism early in his development, Dorell’s abundance of arresting natural talent poised him to propel towards stardom in the NBA. During his high school years at the prestigious South Kent Prep in Connecticut, over 2,000 miles away from his hometown, he righteously earned the coveted title, “U.S. Top Prep School Player” following the 2003-2004 season, and his team was selected as USA Today’s “2nd Team All-American Squad”.
With much acclaim and amassing a strong following, Dorell decisively opted into the 2004 NBA Draft immediately after completing high school, even despite the wealth of attention he received from college recruiters. The Miami Heat and Pat Riley made the wise decision to offer Dorell a spot on their team, which was a first for this legendary coach. He instantly proved to be a scoring machine with a blinding quickness that earned him increased playing time over his first few seasons. Dorell outdid himself and elevated his skills and overall showmanship. He ranked 31st in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentages in his draft class. In 2006 Dorell’s versatile infusion of talent, passion and fire helped his team win their first NBA Championship. With an emotional, animated style that invigorated his teammates and the home crowd, he had justly established himself as a favorite among NBA fans.
After six unparalleled years with the Miami Heat, Wright was signed as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors on July 13, 2010. In his first season with Golden State, Wright started all 82 games and enjoyed a breakout season, averaging 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Also within his first year with the Warriors, the league honored Dorell’s superior shooting ability, selecting him to compete in the 2011 Footlocker Three-Point Contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles where he impressed many with an explosive performance, cementing his status as the leading candidate for the 2010-2011 NBA MIP (Most Improved Player). Dorell’s dedication and focus were reflected in his consistent rankings as the league leader in 3-point shots, ending his breakout 2011 season with a total of 194. Wright indelibly altered franchise history when he shattered the Warrior’s longstanding record for the most 3-pointers in a single season. He also had the most 3 pointers made in a single game, with an unmatched nine baskets. On April 13th, Wright scored 20 points, marking his 2010-2011 season total at 1344. This is 10 more than was needed to officially score more points in his seventh season than his previous six combined, an unrivaled historic feat never before accomplished in the history of the NBA.
With a total of two high-energy seasons as a Golden State Warrior under his belt, Dorell then made a calculated move to the Philadelphia 76ers where he spent the 2012-13 season averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Joining the ranks of 2012-13 Rookie of the year Damian Lillard and two-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge on the Portland Trailblazer’s roster, Dorell enjoyed two years with the team, helping to advance the 2013-14 squad into the second round of playoffs, a historic season for the young team.
With 12 NBA seasons of experience and counting, Dorell has proven to be a multidimensional player with a reputation of professionalism and leadership, earning his title as a true NBA veteran.
Outside of his rigorous NBA schedule, Dorell enjoys spending quality time with his wife Mia and their sons Devin and Dash. Off the court ventures include the development of his fashion menswear line “Scrapes & Gravel”. His leisure time includes exploring all genres of music, with hopes that he may moonlight as a celebrity DJ. Dorell is also a big fan of baseball, ironically scouted by many major league teams in high school before making a full-time commitment to basketball. Far into the future, when his playing career ends, he wishes to be able to pass on all his knowledge as an NBA coach.