Role for Mavs in 2013-14: The hope is that Wright can pick up where he left off in the latter stages of last season. He averaged 11.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 24 minutes per game to help the Mavs finish on a 15-8 run to get to .500, playing primarily center with some spot minutes at power forward. He’ll provide some dynamic athleticism and scoring punch off the bench once he’s healthy.
However, Wright will likely miss several games at the beginning of the season. He’s recovering from a nondisplaced fracture in his left shoulder and has yet to be cleared to practice.
What happened this summer?: Wright, a successful minimum-salary reclamation project for the previous two seasons for the Mavs, signed a two-year, $10 million deal to stay in Dallas. The Mavs were able to exceed the salary cap to sign Wright because they held his early Bird rights. He generated interest from several other teams, driving his price tag a little higher than the Mavs would have preferred to pay. Wright bulked up 15 pounds this summer in an attempt to become a better defender and rebounder against physical big men.
What does the future hold?: Wright should be a member of the Mavs’ core for the next two years and possibly beyond. His offensive skills, specifically his ability to finish around the rim, complement Dirk Nowitzki’s midrange game well.
Bottom line: Wright is one of the most exciting, efficient reserve big men in the league.