Thursday, November 15, 2012
Stock Report: Shawn Marion up; Brandan Wright down
By Tim MacMahon
Our weekly look at which Mavs' stocks have risen and fallen the most:
Shawn Marion – He hasn’t played in the last week, but his value has never been more apparent. Opposing small forwards Carmelo Anthony, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Andrei Kirilenko torched the Mavs during Dallas’ three-game losing streak. The Mavs firmly believe they would have won at least two of those games with a healthy Matrix in the mix. “He’s probably our best all-around player, including Dirk,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you talk about all phases of the game, he impacts the game in a lot of ways. You always miss a guy like that.” The good news is that Marion is close to being ready to return from his sprained left MCL. He’s expected to travel with the team during this weekend’s road trip to Indiana and Cleveland.
Brandan Wright – Every starter had their share of struggles during the Mavs’ three-game losing streak, but Wright felt Carlisle’s wrath the most in terms of minutes. The lanky center/forward went from the starting lineup to the end of the bench, never taking off his warmups during Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards. Chris Kaman replaced Wright as the starter and Carlisle opted to give Bernard James all the backup center minutes due to the toughness the rookie displayed in the previous game. Wright played only nine minutes in Monday’s loss to Minnesota, when he failed to get a rebound.