Antoine Wright, the fourth-year swingman out of Texas A&M, has earned the starting job at shooting guard for tonight's preseason opener against Washington, coach Rick Carlisle revealed after the morning shootaround.
Wright's had a solid camp so far and his familiarity with Jason Kidd from their New Jersey days certainly hasn't hurt.
"I like him as a defender and a guy that can make plays with the ball off the dribble some," Carlisle said. "We'll give it a shot for a game or two here and see where we are. A lot of the other guys I know what they can do, so I want to see how he fits in with the first group."
Wright, at 6-foot-7, gives the Mavs good size defensively in the backcourt with the 6-4 Kidd.
Jason Terry, Devean George and Jerry Stackhouse are also expected to see time tonight. Carlisle has said he'd like to experiment some with Stackhouse at small forward, which could help open some minutes for the so-far-quiet Gerald Green to get some floor time.
Eddie Jones continues to be a mystery. He has yet to practice because of an ailing hamstring and yesterday Carlisle said it will be a while before he can get on the floor.
-- Jeff Caplan