It's good to see Brandan finally beginning to look a legit NBA player after numerous injuries and false starts, do people think that he can ever get near to the level he was hyped to reach back in the 2007draft or if this is another false down?
I recall back at the 2007 drafts that a lot of sites had him going as high as 3rd behind Oden and KD until quite near the draft but then teams chose more NBA ready players and he fell to 8th place. I can remember that Coach Nelson at GSW at the time said that he wasn't NBA ready and so they would develop him slowly. Sadly injuries hit him hard and in nearly 4 seasons he only played 98 games for GSW, a trade to the Nets brought him little more playing time.
But luckily he was snapped up Dallas for a bargain salary and played 49 games for them last season getting improved minutes. This year he has played 50 games for the first time in regular season and is playing the most minutes since his 2nd season and is looking much more like an NBA player.
There was a line of thought that it has taken him this long to develop physically into an NBA player and perhaps injuries have extended this time period. For all the promise he still sometimes disappears out of rotation and still only averages 3.8 rpgs this season which must rival Bargnani as the worse rebounding big. However I'd hope that finally being sound and playing with some good veterans is helping him to come along and if he can help Dallas make a late play off bid then this could be the start of his "proper" NBA career.
He will be out of contract this summer and I would guess that Dallas would look to renew him as skilled young bigs are hard to find. If Johan Petro got $10 million over 3 years then surely Brandan is worth that or more, I'd personally offer him $12 to $14 million over 3 years.
Wright is the epitome of no matter how much upside you have , you need to be NBA ready physically. Unless you are unbelievably skilled ala KD or Dirk when they came in the league. Amazing skill but not physically strong enough but you can get by initially due to amazing skill.
Is that the path Isiah Austin will follow as well?
To be honest, I never saw this "Huge" upside everyone was talking about when Wright was in college. Yes he's 6'10 with long arms, but he was 210lbs and was a good athlete (not great considering how much he weights) and his skills were above average coming in to the draft. He was very overrated and scouts loved him due to his 7'4 wingspan, Im not surprised at all that he's been borderline bust.
I felt the same way I believe charlotte basically trade him for Jason Richardson, I didnt see wright becoming that good of a pro. What is your take on anthony randolph? Because you could replace him with wright from what you said. I thought he would be a hell of a player and eventually become a poor mans KG.
Well Randolph I felt was a better prospect, He had more aggression than Wright, slightly better size, better rebounder/shotblocker, and I considered Randolph to have great athletecism. With all that said, Randolph's issue so far has been his work ethic, and his demeanor on the court (he gets easily discouraged when things doesn't go his way). Randolph had much superior talent over Wrght, but Wright had better intangibles which is why he's been the better pro, compared to Randolph.
The scouts did seem to love him in college although as Mess.eee says he personally did not see it and has been proved largely correct and as Spacegrass says it was clear that Wright was not NBA ready as I recall Coach Nelson said when he first had him on his roster.
Of course injuries did set Brandan back a lot but in hindsight staying another year or two in college would have surely helped him long term and maybe he would have stayed injury free there. But hopefully he is going in the right direction at Dallas now and still being only 25 years old, he has very few miles on the clock so can carve out a niche NBA career for himself over the next few years.
After seeing Chris Johnson play in Minnesota, I'd rather sign him for a much cheaper contract than re-sign Brandan Wright for $4M/year.
Wright's better than Johnson, no doubt. He doesn't foul nearly as much and his PER is really interesting, but are either of them full-time starting-caliber centers with their build? No. S