The most Dunleavyish player in the draft is Julian Wright.  By Dunleavyish, I don’t mean the player that best approximates Mike Sr. as a pro baller, but one who personifies the attributes that Dunleavy loves and desperately wants in a player.  Unlike Law, whom – as I mentioned in an earlier post – I’ve seen for, like, 50 minutes of basketball, I’ve seen Wright play on TV about seven or eight times.  He was an integral part of Kansas’ 1-3-1 defense, sliding seamlessly from wing to interior, able to cover a lot of space on the floor with acute instincts and some serious friggin’ “length.”  When you listen to Dunleavy speak on the radio, he refers to length a lot, generally in reference to Brand and Livingston, but also opponents, and it’s something he clearly values in his defensive-oriented scheme.  

Wright has a decent, if unspectacular, offensive game. He might not be what you would normally call a “creator,” because he lacks that traditional “first step,” but he is a guy who seems to instinctively know where his shot will come from.  He didn’t put up great stats in that KU-SIU game during that early session on Sweet Sixteen Thursday, but there was a set I noted for TNR’s blog in which Wright darted to the weak side in anticipation of a Brandon Rush kick-out.   He managed to find the perfect space for himself where Rush could reach him for a nice, high-percentage shot.  

Wright’s biggest problem is that – like many Clippers – he can’t shoot all that well [and can’t hit from the line to save his life].  He’ll log a high percentage, but his range is strictly Eltonic, which is a problem if you’re an NBA small forward.   The good news is that honing your shot is one of the relatively easier things to accomplish as a prospect.  What can’t be taught is this [from Draft Express]:

…the most promising thing to come out of here is the way Wright conducts himself on the floor. He is an extremely smart, extremely coachable young man, always encouraging his teammates on during the drills and being very appreciative and responsive towards the coaching he’s receiving here. As I was interviewing him in the hallway of the entrance to the gym, Wright made sure to hold the door for every person that came and left, smiling at the children who stared at him with gazing eyes, greeting everyone, and being extremely polite and respectful. When he wasn’t playing doorman for the “Joy of the Game” gym, you could usually find him on the court, working on his jump-shot. It’s not hard to tell why people see the upside they do in him...

Whether he's still around at #14 is another matter.