The Denver Nuggets are bringing 8 guards to Las Vegas to evaluate during the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League. Chris Wright is the only guard to have played in a NBA regular season game. During the 2012-13 season, Wright played a total of 4.4 minutes over the course of three games for the Dallas Mavericks. In playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Chris Wright became the first known player in NBA history to play while diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Here is some background on Chris Wright’s MS:
He had multiple sclerosis diagnosed in early 2012 while playing with Turkish team Olin Edirne. He has been adapting to life with the disease ever since, though he’ll tell you the tougher fight has been overcoming teams’ misconceptions about its potential impact on his basketball career.
His uncommon battle began with a move he had made thousands of times: a simple touch-the-baseline-and-turn move in the midst of a conditioning drill. Instead of a quick bend and pivot, Wright’s foot gave out and he slipped, though he thought nothing of it initially.
Then his right foot went numb. By the time he woke up for early shooting practice the next morning, his whole right leg and right arm were succumbing. Wright sought medical attention.
(Dr.) Crayton said part of her patient’s success is due to the aggressive approach they’re taking to his treatment, a preemptive strike with a highly potent MS drug called Tysabri.
The drug, which requires monthly infusions that last approximately two hours, fends off those cells in the body mistakenly attacking the myelin sheath, thereby slowing degeneration of the nerves.
Given his physical condition and course of treatment, Crayton believes the chances of another incident are “very, very low” for Wright.
Chris Wright played Summer League for the Brooklyn Nets last summer averaging just over 24 minutes per game. Wright started 1 of 5 games. He averaged 10.4 shot attempts per game connecting at a 46.2% clip. He also averaged 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Last season, Chris Wright played for ASVEL Basket of the French League. Wright started 41 games averaging 24.3 minutes per game. He averaged only 6.1 shot attempts per game connecting at a 40.5% clip. He also averaged 2.59 rebounds and 3.56 assists per game.
Here is hoping that Chris Wright can put up numbers this Summer League like he did in his senior year at Georgetown:
In his senior season, Chris Wright was among the top 20 Big East players in points per game, free throw percentage, 3-point percentage, steals per game, assists per turnover, and assists per game.