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.