DALLAS -- Center Brandan Wright will finally made his 2013-'14 debut tonight when the Dallas Mavericks host the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
"I think he'll be playing tonight,'' assistant coach Monte Mathis said after this morning's shootaround. "And hopefully he'll get our eyes open and he'll be active out there and do some good things.''
Wright has been out since suffering a small non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder during an Oct. 8 practice session. Rest and several treatment sessions have combined to help solve the problem, and not a moment too soon.
The Mavs have been struggling lately at the center position, and Wright has the ability to have an impact at both ends of the floor.
In 64 games for the Mavs last season, Wright averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, and shot 59.7 percent from the field in only 18 minutes per game. All that led the Mavs to awarding him with a two-year, $10 million free agent contract over the summer.
Now, the Mavs are looking for a return on their investment.
"He's real athletic and he's a talker on defense and he's able to switch certain screens, whether it's pick-and-rolls or things like that,'' Mathis said of Wright. "That always help out.
"Like I said he's real athletic, so he can rebound the ball and he can run the court, which always helps on both ends of the court.''
-- Dwain Price
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