In 2011 when the Dallas Mavericks signed Brandan Wright, they didn’t know exactly what they were getting. Wright had already spent time with the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets and was a serviceable big man to say the least. He averaged just under five points per game for his four-year career.
Dallas, having lost Tyson Chandler earlier in the offseason, needed some big bodies, though. Wright hasn’t been quite the player Chandler was for Dallas, but he’s become a fan favorite in Texas. His first season with the Mavs, he averaged just under seven points per game and last year he was at 8.5.
Wright has also become the energy player off the bench for the Mavs. Unfortunately for Dallas, Wright has missed too many games this year due to injury. Wright missed 23 games due to a fractured right shoulder and then had to sit out of Thursday night’s tilt with the San Antonio Spurs due to illness.
In the five games he has played this season, he is averaging 12.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 21.2 minutes per game. Wright has yet to start for Dallas, but he has played more minutes than the other centers in most of the games he has been a part of. Wright has already had two games in which he’s had 19 points for Dallas coming off the bench and he had four blocks against the Phoenix Suns. Twice he has recorded six rebounds in a game. Even with the signing of Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Wright will be the starting center for the Mavs in the near future.