Michael Wright (basketball)
|No. 7 – Mersin BB|
|League||Turkish Basketball League|
January 7, 1980 |
|Nationality||American / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||Farragut Academy
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2003–2004||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|2005–2006||Beşiktaş Cola Turka|
|2006||Jeonju KCC Egis|
|2010–2011||Medical Park Trabzonspor|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Wright (born January 7, 1980) is an American-Turkish professional basketball player, currently with Turkish team Mersin BB. He also holds a Turkish citizenship. His Turkish name is Ali Karadeniz.
Wright played his high school basketball at Farragut Academy, where, as a freshman, he was part of one of the best teams in the country, which boasted future professionals Willie Farley and Ronnie Fields, as well as Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett. At 2.01 m (6 ft 7 ¼ in), Wright played center after Garnett's departure, and moved to power forward in college.
At the University of Arizona, Wright started for the Wildcats in the 2001 NCAA Division I championship against the Duke Blue Devils. However, undersized for that position at the pro level, and too slow to be a small forward,he dropped to the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft where he was drafted by the New York Knicks.
After not joining the Knicks or any other NBA team post-draft, Wright moved overseas and switched teams almost every season. He started with Polish league champions Śląsk Wrocław, that also participated in the Euroleague, moving to Spain's CB Granada the following year.
In 2005, He moved to Beşiktaş Cola Turka of the Turkish Basketball League. He started the 2006-07 season in South Korea with Jeonju KCC Egis, in October signed with French and Euroleague's EB Pau Orthez.
In the summer of 2012, he signed a contract with Mersin BB.
- College stats
- NBA Draft profile
- Basketpedya career data
- ACB profile (Spanish)
- TBLStat.net Profile
- Euroleague & Eurocup Profile