Unassuming player that makes Dallas Mavericks playoff threat: 4. Dwight Powell
Powell missed the team’s run inside the bubble as he was recovering from a devastating Achilles injury suffered in Jan. 2020. The 29-year-old is one of the hardest workers on the team, so fans knew he would be back. It was a slow start to the 2020-2021 season, but Powell has finally found his form.
Over his last ten games, DP averaged 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. He is shooting 78.0 percent from the field and 81.3 percent on his free throws. Powell has returned to being an elite roll man and lob target. Doncic found him against the Cavaliers on May 9 for an easy bucket.
The Mavs are going to run a ton of pick and rolls in the playoffs. Teams are going to throw the kitchen sink at Luka Doncic. There will be double teams, traps, and every exotic defense fans can dream up. The Mavs need someone that can score when left wide open.
Powell will attack the rim and flush it down if the defense leaves him. He had a 25-point game against the Lakers on April 24. That could be the type of performance the Dallas Mavericks need in the playoffs when teams sell out to stop Doncic.
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