Dallas Mavericks roster breakdown: Dwight Powell
Fans could almost combine the analysis of James Johnson and Jalen Brunson and call it a day in the case of Dwight Powell. Powell was a four-year star in college, who ended up being drafted in the second round. Much like Johnson, Powell was considered a throw-in when he was traded to Dallas before earning meaningful playing time.
Powell is the ultimate coach Rick Carlisle hustle guy. His game is one-dimensional. Powell does not provide much outside of rim-rolling and energy, but he has carved himself a spot in this rotation over his six and half seasons in Dallas.
DP even earned a second contract with an extension on top of that. Powell makes $11 million per year, even though he has never managed to average more than ten points or five rebounds per game for an entire season. At some point, being a “good locker room guy” can only go so far.
Since inking his extension, Powell’s numbers have dipped in nearly every category, yet he was still soaking up valuable playing time. Only recently has Carlisle seemed to let go of this Powell experiment and allocate those minutes to someone yet to be named.