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Brandan Keith Wright (born October 5, 1987) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Growing up in Tennesseemarker, Wright fast became a standout at his high school Brentwood Academy, earning an unprecedent three "Mr. Basketball" titles, a feat no player at any level had ever done in Tennessee. After leading his high school team to four consecutive state championships, Wright was eventually recruited by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker's basketball team. In his lone season as a Tar Heel, Wright was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, and earned All-ACC Second Team honors. In the 2007 NBA Draft, Wright was chosen eighth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, and in a draft night trade was dealt to the Golden State Warriors for guard Jason Richardson.

Early life

Wright grew up in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker. In high school, Wright became a two-time Parade All-American selection at Brentwood Academy. As a senior, Wright averaged 22.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 5.1 blocks per contest, and also recorded four triple-doubles (points, rebounds, blocks). Wright earned Tennessee's Division II Mr. Basketball title in 2004, 2005, and 2006, becoming the first player ever to win the award three times at any level of Tennessee high school basketball. Wright led his Brentwood Academy team to four consecutive Tennessee state championships and was a four-time MVP of the Tennessee Division II private school state championship tournament. Wright led Brentwood Academy to four consecutive state titles, a first in Tennessee high school basketball history.

College

Wright appeared in thirty-seven games in his lone season at the University of North Carolinamarker, starting all and averaging 14.7 points on 64.6% field goal shooting, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.76 blocks per game. His .646 field goal percentage led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and was the best ever by an ACC freshman. Wright led the North Carolina team in blocks (sixty-five, sixth in the ACC), and finished second on the team in scoring (14.7 ppg, thirteenth in the ACC) and rebounding (6.2 rpg, fourteenth in the ACC). He was also able to score 20-or-more points on eight different occasions. Wright was able to score in double digits in his first eighteen games as a Tar Heel, making Rashad McCants and himself the only freshman Tar Heels to accomplish the feat in the last twenty years. Wright was named to the NCAA All-East Regional Team after averaging 12.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in four Tournament contests. Eventually, Wright was named MVP of the ACC Tournament, becoming just the fifth freshman in conference history to win the award. Wright was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year (the third straight Tar Heel to earn the honor) and earned All-ACC Second Team honors.

Professional career

Wright became an early candidate for the 2007 NBA Draft after his freshman year at the University of North Carolina. In the draft, Wright was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the eighth overall pick. Wright was then acquired by the Golden State Warriors in a draft-night trade in exchange for shooting guard Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson, whom Golden State chose with the 36th overall pick. Due to an injured hip flexor, Wright was unable to participate in summer league play during his rookie season. Of the thirty-eight games Wright played during his rookie season, he started in six. Wright entered the 2008-09 season with career averages of 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.9 minutes over thirty-eight games in his rookie season.In January of 2009, Wright partially dislocated his left shoulder late in the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

On October 14 2009 the Warriors extended Wright's contract until the end of the 2010-11 NBA season.

NBA career statistics

Statistics correct as of July 25, 2009


Regular season

2007–08
Golden State
38 6 9.9 .554 .000 .675 2.6 0.2 .2 0.6 4.0
2008–09
Golden State
39 23 17.6 .528 .000 .741 4.0 0.5 .6 0.9 8.3
Career
77 29 13.8 .536 .000 .720 3.3 0.4 .4 0.7 6.2

Player profile

Wright himself has said that growing up, his favorite player was Kevin Garnett and that he's also a fan of Chris Bosh's game and models some of his playing style from the two. He is considered to be a superior finisher from within twelve feet and especially at the rim. Wright's biggest weakness seems to be his strength at this point in his career, as well as his sporadic defensive efforts.

Off the court

Wright has two younger brothers, Brian and Trevor. His brother Brian currently plays basketball at Lipscomb Universitymarker in Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker. Wright has participated in various community outreach projects associated with the Golden State Warriors, including the opening of a new Reading and Learning Center at Megan Furth Academy in San Franciscomarker. Wright has also taken part in the team's Thanksgiving Food Distribution event, made a visit to Children's Hospital in Oakland, Californiamarker, and visited sessions of the Warriors Basketball Camp. Wright enjoys bowling, fishing, golfing, and playing video games. His favorite actor is Will Smith and favorite movie Bad Boys II. Wright was a pitcher when he played baseball in his youth. He's said his favorite foods are fried chicken and steak. Wright's favorite teams in other sports are the Atlanta Braves (MLB), Nashville Predators (NHL), and the Tennessee Titans (NFL). He wears a size fourteen shoe.

References

  1. Warriors exercise their options on Wright, Randolph


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