Brandan Wright is a 6-foot-10 forward/center out of North Carolina; he was drafted eighth in the first round by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2007 draft. Wright has bounced around the league a bit, playing two full seasons with the Golden State Warriors and even had a short stay with the New Jersey Nets before he was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on Dec. 9, 2011.
While his playing time with the Mavericks has been erratic, Wright has vast upside. He averaged 8.5 points, only 18 minutes, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game; he even started 16 games last season for the Mavericks.
Wright put on 15 pounds of much needed muscle this offseason. He has a long lengthy build and is undersized at the center position, but could give the Mavericks quality minutes at the forward position. Wright runs the court well and has a nose for the ball. He has good speed and understands spacing and fast break lanes. Wright gives the necessary effort defensively, but his rebounding needs to improve. He needs to be more aggressive on both ends of the court. Wright is a good finisher, but I would like to see him score with more authority. He is one of the Mavericks’ younger players and has the ability to make plays that could excite the crowd, but plays with a very calm and quite demeanor. I believe if Rick Carlisle puts a little faith and confidence behind Wright, he has a legitimate chance to make an impact, and possibly start for the Mavericks.