Our weekly look at the Mavericks' young players:
Brandan Wright flushed a fully outstretched, one-handed, tomahawk alley-oop jam with such ferociousness Tuesday night that his teammates on the Dallas Mavericks' bench leaped in unison and broke out in near-hysterics.
The dunk came off a high lob pass from Jason Terry from near the baseline that forced the trailing Wright to reach back with his left arm and bring it down, which he did with authority. The play was of little consequence to the 100-86 outcome, but it was part of a nice showing for the 6-foot-10 forward-center, who made the most of his eight minutes.
Wright connected on 4-of-5 shots for nine points and had two rebounds.
Not long ago it had seemed that Sean Williams might have the inside track to being the depth forward-center, but after an intriguing start, Williams was soon inactive and then assigned to the Texas Legends of the D-League. Wright isn't going to get tons of minutes, but again, in this compacted season, minutes are valuable, whether for a brief stretch in the thick of a game or in garbage time.
Wright, a former lottery pick that just hasn't panned out, could see a little extra floor time coming his way as the Mavs head into the second game of four in five nights.
Backup center Ian Mahinmi also continues to make a case for additional minutes. He showed more intriguing, perhaps even some glamour offensive moves in Detroit, swishing a baseline jumper on one trip and another time catching a pass with his fingertips and then transferring the ball from his right hand to left hand and finishing with a swooping layup. The Frenchman finished with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and three boards in 22 minutes, three minutes more than starter Brendan Haywood logged.
As for Rodrigue Beaubois, his third season continues to be a difficult road. Coach Rick Carlisle called him out last week, seeking more disciplined defense from the 6-2 guard as he also continues to grasp the point guard position. On Tuesday, Beaubois was dealt a blow when Mahinmi failed to warn him of an oncoming truck and Ben Wallace leveled the 185-pound Beaubois with a legal screen near midcourt.
Beaubois limped off, but he did return. It wasn't a great night. In 18 minutes, he was 1-of-5 from the floor for two points with three assists and a couple steals.
The Roddy B experiment grinds on.