Lorenzen Wright

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Lorenzen Wright
Lorenzen Wright (crop).jpg
No. 55, 42
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1975-11-04)November 4, 1975
Memphis, Tennessee
Died July 2010 (aged 34)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Booker T. Washington
(Memphis, Tennessee)
College Memphis (1994–1996)
NBA draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Pro playing career 1996–2009
Career history
19961999 Los Angeles Clippers
19992001 Atlanta Hawks
20012006 Memphis Grizzlies
20062008 Atlanta Hawks
2008 Sacramento Kings
2008–2009 Cleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,191 (7.9 ppg)
Rebounds 4,943 (6.3 rpg)
Assists 622 (0.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 2010[1]) was an American professional basketball player who died mysteriously in July 2010, shortly after leaving his ex-wife's home.

Early life and college[edit]

Raised in Oxford, Mississippi, Wright played all levels of basketball in Memphis – high school, collegiate and professional. Wright was selected a Third Team All-America by the Associated Press as a sophomore at the University of Memphis.

Professional career[edit]

After being selected seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Memphis, Wright moved on to the Atlanta Hawks in 1999. He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, but returned to the Hawks in 2006.

On February 16, 2008, he was involved in a multi-player trade, going from Atlanta to Sacramento for Mike Bibby.[2]

He held career averages of 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, playing in 778 (793 including playoffs) NBA games over 13 seasons.

Personal life[edit]

Wright found the Sierra Simone Wright Scholarship Fund after the death of his infant daughter in March 2003. During the summer of 2003, he returned to the University of Memphis to finish his degree. His father Herb was a professional basketball player who competed in Finland.

During his first stint in Atlanta, Wright and three other Memphis-native NBA players (Todd Day, Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry) provided financial assistance to Travis Butler, a Memphis orphan whose tragic story garnered national attention.[3]

Wright was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and was initiated in spring 1996 to the Kappa Beta Chapter.

Disappearance and death[edit]

Wright left his ex-wife's home in Collierville, Tennessee on July 18, 2010, and was not seen or heard from again. His family filed a missing persons report on July 22.[4][5] After Wright's body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road just west of Hacks Cross Road, it was reported that a 9-1-1 call had been received from his cell phone in the early morning of July 19 by the Germantown, Tennessee 911 dispatch center; the caller was speaking with the dispatcher when gun shots rang out.[6] The case is being investigated as a homicide.[7] Wright's body is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

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
1996–97 L.A. Clippers 77 51 25.1 .481 .250 .587 6.1 .6 .6 .8 7.3
1997–98 L.A. Clippers 69 38 30.0 .445 .000 .659 8.8 .8 .8 1.3 9.0
1998–99 L.A. Clippers 48 15 23.6 .458 .000 .692 7.5 .7 .5 .8 6.6
1999–00 Atlanta 75 0 16.1 .499 .333 .644 4.1 .3 .4 .5 6.0
2000–01 Atlanta 71 46 28.0 .448 .000 .718 7.5 1.2 .6 .9 12.4
2001–02 Memphis 43 33 29.1 .459 .000 .569 9.4 1.0 .7 .5 12.0
2002–03 Memphis 70 49 28.3 .454 .000 .659 7.5 1.1 .7 .8 11.4
2003–04 Memphis 65 46 25.8 .439 .000 .733 6.8 1.1 .7 .9 9.4
2004–05 Memphis 80 77 28.6 .469 .000 .662 7.7 1.1 .7 .9 9.6
2005–06 Memphis 78 58 21.7 .478 .000 .564 5.1 .6 .7 .6 5.8
2006–07 Atlanta 67 31 15.4 .448 .000 .281 3.2 .6 .4 .4 2.6
2007–08 Atlanta 13 1 11.4 .294 .000 .500 2.8 .2 .2 .2 1.0
2007–08 Sacramento 5 0 2.6 .250 .000 .000 .2 .2 .0 .0 .4
2008–09 Cleveland 17 2 7.4 .370 .000 .375 1.5 .2 .2 .3 1.4
Career 778 447 23.8 .459 .069 .645 6.4 .8 .6 .7 8.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1997 L.A. Clippers 3 3 30.7 .406 .000 1.000 7.3 .7 1.0 .7 10.3
2004 Memphis 4 4 25.0 .435 .000 .333 4.3 .5 1.0 .5 5.5
2005 Memphis 4 4 21.3 .571 .000 .500 5.0 2.3 .3 .3 8.3
2006 Memphis 4 0 21.5 .611 .000 .700 5.0 .8 .0 1.0 7.3
Career 15 11 24.2 .495 .000 .652 5.3 1.1 .5 .6 7.7

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