Julian Wright

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Julian Wright
Julian Wright.jpg
No. 21 – Panathinaikos Athens
Position Power forward / Center
League Greek Basket League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1987-05-20) May 20, 1987 (age 27)
Chicago Heights, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Homewood-Flossmor
(Flossmoor, Illinois)
College Kansas (2005–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2010 New Orleans Hornets
2010–2011 Toronto Raptors
2012 Austin Toros
2012–2013 Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2013–2014 Krasnye Krylia
2014–present Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright (born May 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Panathinaikos. He played collegiately for the University of Kansas.

High school career[edit]

Julian Wright played competitive basketball at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. There he led the Vikings to second place in the IHSA state AA tournament his junior year, losing to Peoria Central in the championship game, who were led by future NBA player Shaun Livingston. In 2005 he was selected to the McDonald's All-American team, and he was rated among the top ten basketball players in his class by several recruiting services)[1] due to his talent and versatility. At 6'8" and 225 lb (102 kg), Wright combines good size with excellent athleticism and skills, which allowed him to play numerous positions in high school, including shooting guard, small forward, and power forward.

College career[edit]

Wright entered the 2005–2006 NCAA season for the Kansas Jayhawks as the pre-season freshman of the year in the Big 12 Conference. Though he did not start at the beginning of the season, he quickly played his way into the starting power forward slot. His superior athleticism often allowed him to score baskets simply by virtue of his having beaten the defense down the court. A highlight of his freshman campaign may have been against the University of Texas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game when he put an exclamation mark on KU's win with two magnificent breakaway slam dunks in the closing minutes of the game. During his freshman season, Wright averaged 8.5 points per game, but he was praised more for his ability to help his team without scoring. He was named to the All-Big 12 Tournament Team and the All-Big 12 Freshman Team along with fellow Kansas freshmen Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers. During the 2007 Tournament, he was again placed on the All-Tournament Team. Wright garnered national attention for a 33 point performance against the Missouri Tigers.

For his play during the 2006–2007 season, Wright was named a third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-America Team.[2]

Despite statements to the contrary, on Monday, April 9, 2007, Wright announced that he was making himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He hired an agent, making him ineligible to return to school prior to the draft.

Professional career[edit]

Wright was selected as the 13th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. In his rookie season in the NBA, Wright averaged 3.9 points a game and 2.1 rebounds a game.[3] On October 26, 2009 the Hornets picked up the option on Wright's contract for the 2010–11 season.[4]

On August 11, 2010, Wright was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Marco Belinelli.[5]

Wright signed with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in February 2012.[6]

Wright is represented by agent Rob Pelinka.[7]

In October 2012, Wright signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel.[8]

In September 2013, he signed with Krasnye Krylia of the VTB United League.[9]

On Octomber 16, 2014, he signed with Panathinaikos of the Greek League.[10]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 New Orleans 57 1 11.2 .533 .417 .635 2.1 .7 .5 .2 3.9
2008–09 New Orleans 54 19 14.3 .466 .095 .567 2.8 .8 .6 .4 4.4
2009–10 New Orleans 68 14 12.8 .500 .333 .610 2.1 .6 .4 .3 3.8
2010–11 Toronto 52 6 14.7 .512 .200 .512 2.3 1.1 .8 .4 3.6
Career 231 40 13.2 .499 .262 .584 2.3 .8 .6 .3 3.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 11 0 11.9 .455 .222 .833 1.6 .5 .9 .1 4.3
2009 New Orleans 4 0 8.0 .429 .000 .500 1.5 .5 .0 .3 2.0
Career 15 0 10.9 .451 .222 .700 1.6 .5 .7 .1 3.7

Personal[edit]

Wright is known for his interest in bowling. His hometown is Chicago Heights, IL and he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School class of 2005.[11]

Wright is a Christian. Wright has spoken about his faith saying, "I know I can read the Word of the Most High God and pray to Him in the name of Jesus and He’ll see about little ‘ol me."[12]

Awards and Highlights[edit]

High School

NBA

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Shaun Livingston
Illinois Mr. Basketball
2005
Succeeded by
Jon Scheyer