Dec 7, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) and Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair (45) battle for a rebound during the first quarter of the game at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Brandan Wright is the Most Important Man in the Middle


 

April 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) shoots against Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo (32) and forward Brandan Wright (34) at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Even before Brandan Wright played this weekend in his impressive season debut, he was thought of as a key piece to this Dallas Mavericks team. But in the immediate aftermath of his 19 points in 19 minutes game, the feelings have only intensified. Sure it was against the pathetic Milwaukee Bucks, but it was a good game none-the-less.

Brandan Wright, a swing player splitting time at center and at power forward, provides clear athleticism to an otherwise less-than-dynamic Mavericks frontcourt. His stellar game against Milwaukee came in place of Dirk Nowitzki who sat out due to illness. But Brandan actually fits much better alongside Dirk at the center position.

Says Mark Cuban,

I think it changes us significantly, on both ends of the ball. He and Dirk were our most effective combination last year.

Dirk will even tell you the chemistry they share and how their skill sets, while complete opposites, are a perfect match. Wright provides athleticism and plays above the rim. He’s quick and an effective shot blocker. His defensive quickness is a must considering the notoriously poor defensive play of the Mavs backcourt.

 

The Center position this season has been primarily occupied by DeJuan Blair and Samuel Dalembert. Dalembert has been a bit of a disappointment while Blair has been a pleasant surprise. Blair doesn’t look the part but he sure plays the part. He’s a physical presence in the middle and never backs down. He will always have a place on this team.

If the Mavericks want to have success in the postseason they will need all three of these centers, but none more than Brandan Wright. As Wright’s conditioning improves and his chemistry with Dirk returns, look for Brandan to receive the majority of the minutes. Blair will still be a vital part of the rotation and even possible starter but Wright’s ceiling is much higher.

The fact that Brandan Wright can play PF only adds to his possible impact this season. He’s the most important man in the middle for these Mavs, and possibly the key to postseason success.

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