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Dallas Mavericks: 5 players facing a make or break season

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Dallas Mavericks player facing make or break season: 2. Dwight Powell

Mavs fans were frustrated by Powell’s production last season, but they were quick to forget he was coming off Achilles surgery and had a multiple-week spell in the health and safety protocols. The 30-year-old played just 16.7 minutes per game and showed a bit less explosiveness and athleticism.

New head coach Jason Kidd said he views Powell as the starter entering training camp, but this is a make or break year for the 6’10 big man. He has two years and $22.2 million remaining on his contract, so if he struggles, the Mavs will be able to move his expiring deal to a rebuilding team with picks or young talent for a rotation piece. Powell must prove he can be an elite roll man and hold his own on the defensive end of the floor following his Achilles recovery.

The Mavericks love Dwight Powell. He is the team’s representative in the player’s association and one of the most active in the community, but Dallas needs more on-court production to justify his $11.08 million per season.

Fans should be watching the 30-year-old closely from the start of the preseason. Dwight Powell needs to regain some of his explosion and athleticism to earn a 20 to 25 minutes per game role in this make-or-break season.