Dallas Mavericks point guard Delon Wright is entering training camp with a hamstring injury. Should fans worry he will miss regular season action?
Dallas Mavericks basketball is officially back for another season. It will be the first one without Dirk Nowitzki on the roster since 1998. Luckily, the Mavs have the star duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in place to cushion the blow.
Media Day took place on Monday. Every player made the team’s goal for the season clear. The Mavericks want to make the playoffs. They have the talent, but the team needs to come together and win games.
The first official practice takes place on Tuesday morning. One of the Mavs new additions will not be on the court, though. Delon Wright suffered a hamstring injury while preparing for training camp. Coach Carlisle updated his status on Media Day courtesy of Dwain Price.
That does not sound bad, but it may not be the whole story. In Tim Cato’s article on The Athletic (subscription required), he mentions a second quote from Carlisle leaving the timetable for Wright’s return up in the air.
Should fans worry about the injury?
The Dallas Mavericks completed a sign-and-trade to acquire Delon Wright this offseason. He is penciled in as their starting point guard. The Mavs want his defense and playmaking on the floor with Luka and KP. Wright will play 30-plus minutes per game this season when healthy.
Hamstring injuries are always difficult. The re-injury rate is relatively high. Players can think they are fine, but end up doing too much too soon which puts them back on the shelf.
Mavericks fans may remember that Harrison Barnes injured his hamstring in late September of last year. He missed all of training camp and four regular season games because of it. Not all hamstring ailments are created equally, but Wright could be out for an extended period. That is still uncertain.
Dallas supporters should not worry about his hamstring injury yet. If Wright does not practice before the team’s first preseason game on Oct. 8, the story changes. Hopefully, Wright makes a speedy recovery and is ready to play on opening night.
If Wright misses time, expect Jalen Brunson and J.J. Barea to take over at the point. Barea is coming off a torn Achilles, but he appears healthy heading into camp. The Mavericks have depth at the one. Wright gives the team a boost, though.
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