Wiry forward/center Brandan Wright spent the first three years of his career trying to find a role that best fit his unique skill set. Now in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks, Wright appears to have found a home as a key member of the Mavericks front court rotation.
Wright should enough promise during his freshman season at North Carolina to prompt the Charlotte Bobcats to select him eighth overall in 2007 before immediately trading him to the Golden State Warriors for Jason Richardson. Wright was plagued with injuries and inconsistent playing time with Golden State but was able to be marginally productive when he did play, averaging 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds over his first two seasons with the Warriors, but was then dealt to the New Jersey Nets during his third year.
The Nets chose to let Wright go to free agency after that season, giving the Mavericks an opportunity to sign Wright to a two-year contract for the veteran’s minimum and the move has paid off well for Dallas. Wright’s length and quickness has been able to produce 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds for the Mavericks, as at 6’9″ and 205 lbs the slender interior player is too quick for opposing centers to contain when he’s on the floor.
Wright has been especially effective for the Mavericks in March as they have made a run at a playoff seed. Over the last 14 games, Wright has averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 24.5 minutes per game, with the Mavericks posting a 9-5 record during that span.
Dallas should seriously consider re-signing Wright when he becomes a free agent this summer. Wright has the tools to develop into a consistent post rotation player for years to come, and winning teams can never have too many players like him on their roster.