The Dallas Mavericks squandered their opportunity to take over the eighth seed and make the NBA Playoffs over the last month of the season. They had the opportunity to make a run and supplant the Los Angeles Lakers or Utah Jazz in that final playoff seed, but poor play from guys like O.J. Mayo, Vince Carter and others derailed those chances.
The Mavericks will miss the postseason this year after making the playoffs for 12 years in a row. Currently with a 40-41 record, they also have a chance to finish under .500 for the first time over that same time frame as well. This season hasn’t been what Dallas and their fans expected. However, one bright spot has been how well Brandan Wright has performed over the last few weeks of the season, despite many of his teammates struggling.
Wright, in his fifth season in the league, has never really done much to turn heads. He’s averaged just 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game in 14.9 minutes per game for his career and has averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 18 minutes per game this season. It’s possible that the reason that he hasn’t turned heads is that he hasn’t had much of an opportunity.
Down the stretch of the regular season this year, with injuries to various big men on the Mavs, Wright has seen much more time on the floor. Over his last 10 games he has played 23 minutes per game and has averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and two blocks per game. He’s also shot 56.8 percent from the field over that span. He’s looked like a more than capable frontcourt player.
Wright is just 25 years old and still has room to develop and gain experience in the NBA. As he’s been getting more minutes over the last part of this season he has been performing like he belongs in that larger role. Wright becomes a free agent this off-season. This might be somewhat of an audition for him and he’s looking like someone who will get paid relatively nicely this summer.