Delon Wright is proving himself to be an important part of the Dallas Mavericks. His performance was vital in the Mavs’ win against the New Orleans Pelicans as it turned out to be quite a close battle. Head coach Rick Carlisle himself couldn’t emphasize enough how important Wright has been for the Mavericks early this season. He even named a player that was important in Dallas’ 2011 NBA championship to describe his on-court contributions.

It’s a big thing for Carlisle to mention Kidd to describe Wright’s contribution to the team. While the Hall of Famer didn’t exactly spend his best years with the team, his contributions as the team’s floor general on both sides of the ball were vital for their improbable upset of the Miami Heat. Throughout his eight seasons with Dallas, he averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.9 steals a night.

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Wright put on a superb performance as the starting point guard. He finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. It was an overall great performance after finishing their opener against the Washington Wizards with only five points.

Wright is not a name that pops up often among NBA fans when talking about reliable guards, but he’s built quite a career for himself. He has career averages of 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. His numbers made a huge jump when he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies from the Toronto Raptors last season. His performance in those 26 games convinced the Mavericks to pick him up.

If he continues his development, he will be quite a steal for the Mavs. Fans can only hope that he continues his good form.