Dallas Mavericks: What role does Dwight Powell play next season?

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
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Is Dwight Powell a starter for the Dallas Mavericks next season?

The short answer is no. First, Powell may not even be healthy for opening night. He made the trip with the Mavericks to Orlando for the restart but was never going to play. Powell was spotted doing some shooting in the bubble. There is no need to rush back. Achilles injuries have ended careers. The Mavs would be wise to take some extra time to let Powell get fully healthy.

Even if he is ready, coach Carlisle stated numerous times Kristaps Porzingis is the future of the center position in the NBA. The 7’3 Unicorn gives the Mavs too many advantages at the five. Dallas’ offense is unstoppable with three shooters around Luka Doncic and KP. Porzingis protects the rim on the other end while the Mavericks can switch everything if necessary.

There will be nights where Powell starts. Carlisle loves to play the matchups. Porzingis missed the Mavs final three playoff games with a knee injury. They will be cautious with their star. Powell will get opportunities, but he won’t be in the starting five every night next season.

If Dwight Powell is not going to be a starter for the Dallas Mavericks, what is his best fit?

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