DALLAS --The return of center Brandan Wright, according to Dirk Nowitzki, gives the Dallas Mavericks more options to be successful in the middle of their offensive and defensive attacks.
Wright played in the Mavs' first preseason game on Oct. 7 against New Orleans, then sustained a small non-displaced fracture of his left shoulder the next day in practice. The six-year veteran had been sidelined since then until he turned Saturday and scored 19 points in 19 minutes during a 106-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nowitzki believes the combination of DeJuan Blair, Samuel Dalembert, Bernard James and Wright affords the Mavs several different engaging options at center.
"Blair has been phenomenal for us all season being physical, rebounding, pushing big guys around,'' Nowitzki said. "Sammy is the longest of the bunch, is a really good shot-blocker and rebounder.
"And B-Wright is a great athlete who can finish above the rim. But all three of them bring something that the others don’t have, so we have a three-headed monster at (center).''
Nowitzki even knows James has his moments when he'll shine in the middle for the Mavs.
"He’s obviously athletic and can run, so I think we've got a nice little mix at the (center) spot,'' Nowitzki said. "And like I said, whoever is going to get the minutes or whoever gets his number called is going to give it their best and hopefully help this team perform at a high level.
"The other guys have to stay ready and keep practicing hard, and show in practice that they’re ready and keep themselves in shape and be ready.''
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