Brandan Wright

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Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright
Position: Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 245
Nationality: American
Born: 10/5/1987
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Draft: First Round, Eighth Overall
Drafted By: Charlotte
College: North Carolina
NBA Career: 2007-Present
Mavs Tenure: 2011-2014

Brandan Wright (born October 5, 1987 in Nashville, Tennessee) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on December 9, 2011.

Wright attended high school at Brentwood Academy where he led the school to four consecutive state championships. He was named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball a state-record three times and was a McDonald's All-American coming out in 2006.

Heavily recruited by the University of North Carolina, he elected to go to Chapel Hill and immediately made his mark. In his freshman season, Wright averaged 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. His accolades that year included being named the ACC Rookie-of-the-Year, MVP of the ACC post-season tournament and second-team All-ACC.

Following his one season with the Tar Heels, Wright declared himself an early entry candidate for the 2007 NBA draft and was selected in the first round (eighth overall) by the Charlotte Bobcats. His stay was short as in a draft-night trade, Charlotte sent the 6'9 forward to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermario Davidson.

In his rookie season with Golden State, Wright averaged 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds over 37 games. His stats improved during his sophomore campaign as he posted an 8.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg average in 39 games.

Shoulder surgery cost Wright the 2009-2010 season. He returned the following year and was averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds over 21 games, when the Warriors traded him, along with Dan Gadzuric, to the New Jersey Nets for Troy Murphy and a second round draft pick.

Finishing the season with the Nets, Wright averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16 games.

He signed with the Mavericks in December of 2011.

That year he saw action in 49 games for Dallas while averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes.

Able to backup both the center and power forward spots, Wright's playing time increased in 2012-2013 when he was in 64 games posting 8.5 ppg and 4.1 rpg averages in 18.0 minutes.

In 2013-2014, his scoring average rose to 9.1 points while his playing time again increased to 18.7 minutes over 58 games. Wright had a perfect shooting night in Dallas' 107-95 win at the L.A. Lakers on April 4, 2014. He went 10-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line while totaling 23 points. He became the first Dallas Mavericks player in franchise history to go a perfect 10-of-10 or better in a game.

He re-signed with Dallas in the offseason but was traded on December 18, 2014, along with Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a 2015 first round pick and a 2016 second round pick, to the Boston Celtics for guard Rajon Rondo and center Dwight Powell. In 27 games with Dallas that year he was averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds.

Just 22 days after his trade to Boston, Wright was on the move again. On January 9, 2015, the Celtics sent him to Phoenix in exchange for a protected first-round draft pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He played in 40 games for the Suns while averaging 7.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game before becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-2015 season.