Former University of North Carolina star Brandan Wright was hopeful that he would become the Dallas Mavericks starting center this season, but he has apparently already conceded the job to Samuel Dalembert.
Speaking to Tim MacMahon, Wright hinted that he expects the Mavericks to give the long time Philadelphia 76ers big man first dibs on the starting job:
The plan is to pick up right where Wright left off. He expects to come off the bench behind Samuel Dalembert at center and possibly see some spot minutes at power forward, resuming his role as a high-flying, high-efficiency spark off the bench.
“I envision it’s going to be similar to that, if not asking for more,” said Wright, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft who found a home in Dallas after injury-plagued stints with the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. “The confidence is growing more and more in me as a player. I think more is going to be expected of me.”
While Wright may simply be saying what we all know, it’s a bit disappointing to see him conceding the job if you’re a Mavericks fan, especially after how well Wright played in limited action during the 2012-13 season.