Out with one dunker, in with another.
The Milwaukee Bucks officially announced the signing of Chris Wright from the D-League’s Maine Red Claws Friday morning. For the second time in the month of March, the Bucks have signed a player who has the same name as another player in a moderately similar situation to a 10-day contract.
So, to clarify, this IS the Chris Wright who went to Dayton and dunked a lot, NOT the Chris Wright who went to Georgetown and then played for the Dallas Mavericks while fighting multiple sclerosis.
The press release:
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent forward Chris Wright (6-8, 225) to a 10-day contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Wright is the 33rd GATORADE Call-Up of the 2013-14 season from the NBA D-League.
Wright joins the Bucks from the D-League’s Maine Red Claws, where he’s appeared in 38 games this season and posted averages of 19.5 points (ranks 13th in D-League) and 8.1 rebounds per contest. He’s notched 13 double-doubles on the year, including six in his last eight appearances. Wright also played for the Red Claws during the 2012-13 season, when he average 18.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, and has been named to the D-League All-Star Game in both of his seasons in Maine.
After going undrafted out of Dayton in 2011, Wright was selected by the Red Claws with the third overall pick in the 2011 D-League Draft. He appeared in four games for the Red Claws, averaging 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds, before signing with the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 24, 2011. Wright appeared in 24 games during his lone NBA season and posted 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest. Earning the start in Golden State’s season finale, Wright tallied a career-best 25 points and eight rebounds while shooting 11-of-14 from the field on April 26, 2012, at San Antonio.
Wright will wear #15 for the Bucks.
I will always remember Wright for this dunk against Marquette, which pretty much required that the game be stopped so everyone could celebrate the amazing thing that just happened.
Wright’s signing means that the Bucks have not renewed the contract of Tony Mitchell, who was also very good at dunking.