The Dallas Mavericks added a ton of pieces all over their roster in preparation for the 2013-2014 NBA season. Not only did they address a depleted frontcourt by adding guys like Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris, but they also gave their frontcourt depth by signing Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair, as well as re-signing Brandan Wright and Bernard James.
It’s a good thing that they have depth at the center position with all of those bodies, because they’ve already lost one of them. On Friday it was announced that Wright had suffered a non-displaced fracture in his shoulder. Wright isn’t expected to need surgery, but his return from the injury is indefinite.
The fact that the Mavs have depth at the center position means that they won’t have to make a late signing to fill a spot and that they have the personnel available to still be able to put a quality lineup out on the floor. However, that doesn’t mean that this injury doesn’t hurt the Mavs.
In the lone preseason game that Wright played, he was by far the most impressive player at the position. In 19 minutes, Wright put up 14 points, three rebounds and one assist while shooting a solid 7-8 from the floor. In contrast, the other three centers combined to score only 13 points in their time on the floor.
The biggest loss that the Wright injury brings to the Mavs’ center position is undoubtedly on the offensive end. Wright may not be the defender that Dalembert or rebounder that all three other guys are, but he’s a much more talented and versatile offensive player. Without Wright for however long, Dallas is going to have to expect little offensive output from their center position. When he does return, though, it’ll almost surely be a relief to the rest of the roster.