Mar 22, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Brandan Wright (34) shoots over Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett (5) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks F Brandan Wright out indefinitely with shoulder fracture

On Thursday, it was announced publicly that Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright would be undergoing an MRI as a result of a shoulder injury. Just 24 hours later, the results are in, and they aren’t exactly positive for Wright or the team.

On the bright side, ESPN Dallas writer Tim MacMahon indicates (directly from the team) that Wright won’t need surgery, but the indefinite prognosis is a bit troublesome for Wright. He missed an entire season earlier in his career with a similar injury, and the frontcourt for the Mavs was already dangerously thin in terms of NBA-ready talent, even before Wright went down.

In the past two seasons, Wright has been incredibly efficient and effective when he’s made his way on to the court. The 26-year-old big man (I can’t believe he’s only 26) has consecutive seasons with a 20+ PER (player efficiency rating), and his loss will be felt immediately. In his absence, Dallas will likely turn to some form a platoon between Bernard James and DeJuan Blair, but neither is a desirable option for anything other than spot duty.

Now, it’s time for Dallas fans to cross their fingers and hope that “indefinitely” doesn’t turn into a multi-month process.

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